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 was 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 Macbeth, The Dining Room, The Tempest, and their 41st annual pantomime, Peter Pan.
The Doha Players are currently rehearsing for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, with performances scheduled to take place in May 2016.
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.