The Courtyard Playhouse first opened in 2013, and though it’s small, its contribution to the local theatre scene has been anything but.
Over the past seven years the longstanding independent theatre in Al Quoz has become more a community centre where little ones, teens and adults can come together, express themselves and develop new skills through theatre.
Due to the unforeseen circumstances happening across the globe, the family-run business has been forced to close its doors and faces permanent closure.
“We need urgent assistance. Give us a fighting chance and help save our theatre,” said owner Kemsley Dickinson.
While student Samuel Marcos added: “This is like a second home. It really means something to each one of us. The community that it creates you can’t find anywhere – you feel like you’ve stepped into a magical world."
But, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel – you (yes, you) can help save it.
From now until Friday April 10, The Courtyard Playhouse is trying to raise enough money to survive the potential closure and continue to offer Dubai residents a unique, special and creative place to learn and play.
You can purchase items such as VIP plaques with your name on them to be featured on the “wall of fame”, customised sketches, and more.
You can even had one of the studios named after you – click here to find out more.
“The Courtyard Playhouse is a home away from home, it’s a place that people come to restore themselves. Everyone here has a story about this being a place of positivity, a lot of people have struggles in life and this is where they come to rejuvenate,” said instructor Jess Taylor.
Teen student Gaia Buttitta added: “It’s more than just a theatre, it’s a family, it’s a second home."
One hundred percent of the proceeds will go towards helping save the homegrown company. Now is your chance to help.
The Courtyard, Al Quoz, www.courtyardplayhouse.com (050 781 2269).