Calling all drama kings and queens – there’s a new theatre in town. The Junction is the latest creative space aimed at honing the talents of both local and international artists. “As Dubai attracts many professional acts including West End and Broadway performances, we aim to be the place where talented performers can express themselves,” says Philip Apaza, theatre manager at The Junction. “It’s a place where people can host performances, whether they be theatrical, dance, comedy, concerts, recitals or spoken word.”
Apaza, who has been involved in the scene in Dubai for many years, says The Junction was born from his frustration over the lack of suitable spaces to stage productions in the city. “There are venues around, [but] many are cost prohibitive or simply unavailable. When months of hard work go into developing a performance, there really needs to be a place that can host such creative ambition. We aim to be that space.”
The 158-seat black box theatre has a fully equipped stage, performance hall and a dividable multifunction room for workshops and practise sessions, dressing rooms or any other behind-the-scenes work. “The theatre isn’t overly large, so doesn’t break the intimacy that can come with great performance art,” Apaza explains.
The Junction already has a packed line-up that includes plays and musical performances, and it is currently running an all-female production of comedy The Odd Couple by Neil Simon. The theatre will also stage an a cappella singing festival, Short & Sweet, from January 20-23, 2016. Mark your diaries – The Junction is here.
The Odd Couple: Dhs85. December 10-12, 7.30pm. Open daily 10am-10pm. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.thejunctiondubai.com (055 686 3727).