"90 minutes that revolve like propelled atoms in the centrifuge of Freedom"
Mai Mansa for Al Nahar Lebanon
on The Speaker's Progress


"One of the most intriguing and intelligent pieces I have seen"
Ian Shuttleworth for The Financial Times
on The Al Hamlet Summit


SABAB Theatre receives no form of regular Kuwaiti State or core funding for its work.  We give special thanks to Shaikha Hussah Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah, Director General of Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah for her long standing support of the company’s work.  We are also grateful to the various funding bodies and sponsors who have supported individual projects.

If you would like to help us develop new work, expand our audience and support our touring, you can do so by becoming a sponsor or sending us a donation.
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SABAB Theatre

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: In the Eruptive ModeThe 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