SABAB Theatre is an independent, international touring theatre company, co-founded by Georgina Van Welie and led by celebrated Kuwaiti writer/director Sulayman Al Bassam.
Working internationally across national and cultural boundaries, SABAB uses theatre to engage with issues of identity, history, language and culture. The aim of SABAB’s work is to establish new spaces of action and reflection inside the contemporary Arab world and beyond it. SABAB uses as raw material the points of articulation – literary, historical, geo-political and imagined – that link the Arab World to a wider global context, and seeks to initiate new ones through a theatrical process. Working with an ensemble of pan Arab and international actors, musicians and designers, SABAB’s productions are characterised by a radical approach to text, bold production styles and playful, provocative combinations of content and form.
The company has achieved worldwide acclaim and recognition for its productions, performing to audiences across four continents. Recent work includes: The Speaker’s Progress; Richard III: An Arab Tragedy, commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) for the Complete Works Festival; The Mirror for Princes / Kalila wa Dimna co-produced by the Tokyo International Arts Festival, Barbican bite06 and Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah, Kuwait; and The Al-Hamlet Summit, co-produced by the Tokyo International Arts Festival.
sabab (verb): to cause, bring forth, provoke, trigger, arouse, inspire, prompt; (noun): reason, cause, motive