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    WELCOME TO THE DOHA PLAYERS!

    The Doha Players is a community managed theatre group that has been running in Doha since 1954. We open our doors to musicians, actors, directors, producers, costume designers and theatre enthusiasts from all parts of the world. Recent productions have included Peter PanShake it Up: A Journey through ShakespeareBlack Comedy and Les Misérables. With many new exciting projects coming up, we want to welcome new members to take part in all aspects of the theatre world.



    COMING UP:

    The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney

    The Dining Room is a comedy of manners, directed by Kathy Searcy who brought you Black Comedy and co-directed by Sherwynne O’Grady who has directed multiple murder mysteries.

    The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled for day-to-day and all special occasions. It comprises of 18 scenes from different households that overlap and intertwine requiring the actors change roles, personalities and ages.

    The show will be playing at the Qatar National Convention Centre from the 4th – 6th of June at 7pm. Tickets are available on www.q-tickets.com 

    About Us

    A BRIEF HISTORY OF DOHA PLAYERS

    The Doha Players are a not-for-profit community theatre group with members from more than 20 different countries. 2014 marked the 60th anniversary of the group. The first production, Bird in Hand, was staged in 1954.

    The late 1940s and early 1950s saw the beginnings of the emerging oil and gas industries in Qatar. With it came a need for experts versed in the business, and expatriates began arriving. There wasn’t much for them to do outside of work so they made their own entertainment. That included amateur dramatics, and thus the Doha Players were born.

    In May 2014 the Doha Players became one of the first adult community theatre groups worldwide to be granted a license to perform the longest running musical in history, Les Misérables, at Qatar National Theatre. The show comprised almost 50 amateur actors on stage and 80 volunteers working behind the scenes.

    Since then, Doha Players has also performed Black ComedyShake it Up – A Journey Through Shakespeare, and their 41st annual pantomime, Peter Pan.

    In Mid March, the Doha Players will perform Shakespeare’s Macbeth at The Black Box Theater in the HBKU Student Center.

    The group is always looking for new actors, musicians, directors, costumers, props managers, painters, set builders, sound and lighting experts and much more.  If you are interested in volunteering with the group, membership is only Qar150 per annum for a single person and Qar250 for a family.

    Recent Shows

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    Black Comedy is a one-act farce written by Peter Shaffer. The
    action of the play takes place in Brindsley Miller’s apartment
    in South Kensington, London on a Sunday evening at 9:30.
    The play begins (in complete darkness) with what seems to be
    a rather prim and proper couple. Before long, however Brindsley
    and Carol’s schemes are exposed in an unfortunate series of
    events.

    Directed for us by Kathy Searcy, this show was met with snorts
    of laughter from the audience; who thoroughly enjoyed an evening
    mistaken identity, near-misses, puns, slapstick, and other
    shenanigans.

     

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    Shake it Up – A Journey through Shakespeare is a concept
    developed by its director, Mione van der Merwe. It started out as
    a series of acting workshops based on exercises developed by
    renowned drama practitioners. Actors explored various characters,
    using the exercises, through Shakespeare’s scenes and
    monologues.

    Some of these scenes and monologues were selected to be
    performed in the gardens at Qatar Academy, and the audience
    was guided between scenes by our expert tour guides. The
    performance also showcased some local musicians, including the
    Doha Singers.

    This show was presented to Doha audiences free of charge as part
    of our Community Outreach Programme and was very well received.

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    Les Misérables is a musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel of the
    same name. With music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and
    original lyrics by Alain Boublil, it is the longest-running musical
    in West End history.

    Directed for us by Mione van der Merwe, this show was
    performed to six sold out audiences and was met with standing
    ovations after every performance. Even weeks after our final
    performance, the Gulf Times reported that Doha’s residents were
    left ‘in awe black porn as Les Miserables makes a stunning Gulf debut.’

     

    News

    Current headlines:

    The Doha Players bring Shakespeare’s ‘Scottish play’ to Qatar

    http://www.timeoutdoha.com/art/features/60771-macbeth-in-doha#comment

    MACBETH IN DOHA

    http://www.ahlanlive.com/macbeth-in-doha-551374.html

    Contact Us

    Doha Players

    P.O. Box: 5748
    Doha
    Qatar

    Email: admin@thedohaplayers.com

    Phone: +974 44474911

    Mobile: +974 55755102