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WKND - - Showtime When The Lights Go Down -

here are no re- takes. Once the cur­tains open, you can’t pause to reper­form a scene or to re- think a di­a­logue. The theatre is a beau­ti­ful form of art. There aren’t any mics here ( mostly) — your voice is all you’ve got. No fancy sets, a hand­ful of props. Your body is the ‘ real’ fur­ni­ture. The en­ergy on stage is driven by the ap­plause of the au­di­ence and the spirit of fel­low ac­tors. The words of men­tors calm ner­vous hearts and minds. And you don’t have to wait for box of­fice re­turns to know if you fared well or not — the ver­dict is passed then and there. The UAE is home to many theatre lovers, who love to per­form as well as watch. And re­cently, many in­de­pen­dent theatre groups have come up in the city, each com­mit­ted to the cause of evolv­ing this art form. What’s more, they’re keen to stage shows in sev­eral lan­guages — think English, Ital­ian, Greek, Hindi and more. Here, the founders of four such groups give us a peek of the ac­tion, be­hind the scenes.

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