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 Pan, Shake it Up: A Journey through Shakespeare, Black 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.
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
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 Comedy, Shake 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.
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
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
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
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
This show was presented to Doha audiences free of charge as part
of our Community Outreach Programme and was very well received.
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 as Les Miserables makes a stunning Gulf debut.’
The Doha Players bring Shakespeare’s ‘Scottish play’ to Qatar
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