Spring Season | February - May 2017


by Carmen Nasr

Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 February 2017

The world premiere

Dubailand is now completely sold out for the entire run INCLUDING the extra matinee on Monday 20 February 2017 at 2.00pm.

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★★★★ The Telegraph
★★★★ The Reviews Hub
★★★★ The Spy in the Stalls
★★★★ Paul in London

“I want to be rich. I was always fighting against it, like it was a dirty secret or something.
And now I’ve got it, I can have whatever I want. I don’t have to worry about anything.

I don’t have to care about anything.
I don’t even have to pretend I care.”

An oasis of free enterprise, no income taxes, no unions, no opposition parties. A paradise of consumption. A skyline on crack. Urban planning on steroids - Dubai.

On the 88th floor of an unfinished skyscraper in the Emirate’s glittering skyline, the life of a migrant labourer becomes fatefully intertwined with that of Jamie, a British expat with his eye on the big time.

Exploring the plight of Dubai’s migrant labour force, this urgent new play asks how much longer we can look the other way.

Dubailand won new playwright Carmen Nasr a 2017 Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme Playwright in Residence Bursary at the Finborough Theatre, supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.


Playwright Carmen Nasr is a British-Lebanese playwright, and is currently Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme Playwright in Residence, supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation at the Finborough Theatre, following a spell as Playwright on Attachment. Dubailand received a staged reading at Vibrant 2015 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. Her first play, The House of My Father received a staged reading at Vibrant 2014 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, and was also part of the annual Nour Festival of Contemporary Middle Eastern and North African Art and Culture. In 2015, The House of My Father was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize. She was shortlisted for the OffWestEnd Adopt a Playwright Award 2015.


Director Georgie Staight trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, and is currently Joint Artistic Director at Flux Theatre. Direction includes Dreamless Sleep (Arts Theatre), Bridle (Emerge at the Tristan Bates Theatre), Doomed Resistance (Arcola Theatre) and Next of Kin (Bristol Old Vic Studio). She is also a playwright and has directed her own work, the adaptation and world premiere of Deborah Levy’s Billy and Girl (Karamel Theatre), Let There Be Light (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Blue Moon (Clifton Theatre, Bristol).


Nicholas Banks | Jamie

Trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Theatre includes The Shawshank Redemption (National Tour), Punk Rock (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, and National Tour), People Like Us (Pleasance London), The Happiest Day of Your Life (Vineyard Theatre, New York) and 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic 24 Hour Plays at The Old Vic).
Film includes Kingsman: The Secret Service, Synced and Seat 25.
Television includes Law and Order and Pramface.

Aanya Chadha | Lali

Currently attends Future Stars Stage School and has been involved in a number of productions whilst training.

Adi Chugh | Amar

Trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and short courses at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, New York City Acting School for Film and Television, Pennsylvania State University, with New Delhi’s The Ilhaam Collective and Third Bell Theatre Company, New Delhi.
Theatre includes 5 Guys Chillin' (SoHo Playhouse, New York, King's Head Theatre and Edinburgh Festival), Northanger Abbey (Wickham Theatre, Bristol), Frankenstein (John Wesley Chapel, Bristol), 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (Wits Theatre Complex, Johannesburg), Ashadh Ka Ek Din (One Day Before The Rainy Season) (Actor Factor Theatre Company, New Delhi) and Apne Fan Ka Ustad (The Master of His Art) (Third Bell Theatre Company, New Delhi).
Film includes 3 Dots and A Dash and Pool Sharks.

Reena Lalbihari | Deena

Trained at East 15 Acting School.
Theatre includes Faustus (Headlong Theatre), Madame du Sade (Donmar Warehouse), Pole Factor (VAULT Festival) and Londonee (Mukul and Ghetto Tigers Theatre Company).
Film includes Temptation, Halal Harry, Final Score and The Children Act.
Television includes EastEnders, MIHigh, Day of the Triffids and The Bill. 
Web Series includes Tempting Fates.

Miztli Rose Neville | Clara

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include The Great Divide.
Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Theatre includes Christmas at Mildred’s (Hen and Chickens Theatre), How The Vote Was Won and Pot Kettle (Bloomsbury Festival) and The Pursuit of App-iness and Birdwatching (Gielgud Theatre).
Film includes Crown for Christmas.
Radio includes Ballerina Feet.
Miztli is a co-host of the podcast Heroine Addicts.

Varun Sharma | Tanveer

Trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Theatre includes Billy and Girl (Karamel Club) and In Soft Wings (Tristan Bates Theatre).
Film includes Baar Baar Dekho (See It Again).
Television includes Hear Of The Year Promo and Lenovo K5 Note.

Belinda Stewart-Wilson | Amanda

Trained at Webber Douglas Academy.
Theatre includes The Kitchen (Royal Court Theatre), United Biscuits Double Act (Canal Café Theatre) and Shady Business (The Mill at Sonning).
Film includes The Brother, Inbetweeners 2 (The Long Goodbye), All That Way for Love, The Inbetweeners, Huge, Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang), Razzle Dazzle (A Journey into Dance), La Passione and Move.
Television includes Sick Note, The Inbetweeners, Hetty Feather, Evermoor, Ordinary Lies, Ripper Street, Citizen Khan, Mr Sloane, Little Crackers, Holy Flying Circus, Popatron, Miranda, The Morgana Show, New Tricks, Whites, Primeval, The Peter Serafinowicz Show and The IT Crowd.

Leon Williams | Tommie

Trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Theatre includes One Man, Two Guvnors (National Tour), Hobson's Choice, Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and King James Bible (Shakespeare's Globe), Great Expectations (Library Theatre, Manchester), Skylight (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), Wink (Theatre503), Lesere (Jermyn Street Theatre), Crimes Of The Heart (Union Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Peter Hall Company), As You Like It (Rose Theatre, Kingston), The Bullet (Royal Shakespeare Company at Hampstead Theatre), Private Peaceful (National Tour), Not About Heroes (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), The Changeling (English Touring Theatre), As You Like It (Derby Playhouse), Charley's Aunt (Oxford Playhouse) and An Ideal Husband (Chichester Festival Theatre).
Film includes Toilets and Sceptre.
Television includes New Tricks, Call The Midwife and Ford and Abram.
Leon also narrates various audio books and voices several animation characters.


“This is proper political theatre: astute, informative and grown-up.” Matt Trueman, WhatsOnStage

“A play that confronts our complacency and complicity…. Recommended.” Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

“Extremely engaging.” David Hughes, The Spy In The Stalls

“This promising 90-minute piece (deserving a longer run than it’s getting at the Finborough) is no earnest harangue. At times, it drips with lyricism as it conjures glass and steel and twinkling lights. Above all, with a lightness of touch that belies the dark subject-matter.” Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

“Dubailand is worth seeing for its moments of brilliant writing and the pure strength of the cast.” Bryony Taylor, Everything Theatre

“The story being told is an important one, dark and contemporary, and both the writing and acting are first class.” Holly O’Mahony, Exeunt Magazine

“The debate it affords is engaging, even-handed and robust.” Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

“Thought-provoking and well-written.” Matthew Lunn, BritishTheatre.com

“Persuasive passion and an eye for revealing detail.” Sam Marlowe, The Times

“Set in and around the high rise building sites of Dubai, Carmen Nasr’s thought provoking work explores the contrast between the glittering, almost hedonistic lifestyle of those inhabiting the emirate and the stark reality endured by those building it.” David Hughes, The Spy In The Stalls

“Compelling and urgent.” Holly O’Mahony, Exeunt Magazine

“Uniformly strong.” Matthew Lunn, BritishTheatre.com

“An energizing…piece, which is nevertheless a real find. All hail the Finborough for putting it on.” Aleks Sierz, Sierz.co.uk

“Definitely in need of a longer run.” David Hughes, The Spy In The Stalls

“Absolutely a play for today, Dubailand is rare in its ability to condense globalisation into drama.” Matt Trueman, WhatsOnStage

“A very thought-provoking piece of theatre.” Bryony Taylor, Everything Theatre

“A large-scale — almost epic — story about globalization and social justice.” Aleks Sierz, Sierz.co.uk

“Thought-provoking, clever scriptwriting.” Bryony Taylor, Everything Theatre

“Carmen Nasr succeeds in creating a world that shines a little light on a world that embodies modern-day colonialism in the heart of the desert.” Scott Matthewman, The Reviews Hub

“Nasr’s writing – her script, her plot and her characters – are vividly real.” Holly O’Mahony, Exeunt Magazine

“Moments of sublime writing…Really engaging dialogue.” Bryony Taylor, Everything Theatre

“Nasr paint a chilling picture of a new Wild West.” Matt Trueman, WhatsOnStage

“Adi Chugh does splendid work as the gentle Amar.” Stephen Collins, Live Theatre UK

“Poignant work from Adi Chugh.” Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

“Adi Chugh forms the lynchpin of the production.” Scott Matthewman, The Reviews Hub

“Chugh is hugely lovable as the passionate and imaginative Amar.” Holly O’Mahony, Exeunt Magazine

“Chugh is outstanding as Amar, his energy and optimism trickling away in blood, sweat and despair.” Sam Marlowe, The Times

“Reena Lalbihari is excellent as Deena.” Stephen Collins, Live Theatre UK

“Leon Williams is terrifically entertaining.” Matthew Lunn, BritishTheatre.com

“Wide-eyed, adorable Aanya Chadha.” Stephen Collins, Live Theatre UK

“An excellent cameo from Belinda Stewart-Wilson.” Matthew Lunn, BritishTheatre.com

“Belinda Stewart-Wilson uses her splendidly throaty voice to great effect as the vile, calculating Amanda. She gives a tart, unerringly accurate portrait of corporate horror.” Stephen Collins, Live Theatre UK

“Nicholas Banks giving a particularly strong and perceptive portrayal of Jamie.” David Hughes, The Spy In The Stalls

“Banks is effectively watchable.” Scott Matthewman, The Reviews Hub

“Doubly effective by the simplicity and directness of Georgie Staight’s pared-down production.“ Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide

“Georgie Staight’s production glides slickly through its scenes from parallel lives.” Sam Marlowe, The Times


Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 February 2017

Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.

Performance Length: Approximately 90 minutes with no interval.

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

Full booking information

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Directed by Georgie Staight

Designed by Bex Kemp

Designer for Run The Beast Down Set Anthony Lamble

Lighting by Robbie Butler

Sound by Jack Barton

Produced by Caley Powell

Presented by Flux Theatre in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.