Interviews with Sulayman Al Bassam
En Sol Majeur, in conversation with Yasmine Chouaki for RFI

Interview with The Australian newspaper

Transcription of interview for BBC R3 Nightwaves

Regular column in Al Qabbas Kuwait Daily Newspaper

14 March 2012 Our rights…

13 December 2011

1 December 2011 Umaganda!

22 November 2011 My Body, she said

16 November 2011 On the long, long road

1 November 2011 On dreamers and merchants

13 October 2011 Tuvalu and the sea’s hunger

20 September 2011 Kuwait & Lamia, Queen of Libya!

23 August 2011 ‘An Enemy of the People’

17 August 2011 Desire on a hot, sacred night

10 August 2011 The Elephant, Oh King of Time

3 August 2001 In Memory of the Invasion

26 July 2011 In Memory of Independence

Articles by Sulayman Al Bassam

Arab revolt comes to the theatre (The Guardian, 11 March 2011)

The State Shall Promote Science, Letters and the Arts (18 April 2009)

Shaikh Al-Zubair, an alibi for dissent (The Guardian 24 July 2005)

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Sulayman Al Bassam

Born in Kuwait in 1972, Sulayman Al Bassam founded Zaoum Theatre in London in 1996. SABAB Theatre is the Arabic arm, established in 2002.  His plays have been published in various languages and study of his work forms part of higher education curriculae at universities in the USA and the Middle East. He produces work in both English and Arabic languages.

Productions as writer/director include: In the Eruptive Mode (Sydney Festival), The Speaker’s Progress (Next Wave Festival BAM New York, Holland Festival, D-CAF Festival Cairo, Les Journées Théâtrales de Cartage, Tunisia), Richard III – An Arab Tragedy (Royal Shakespeare Company Complete Works Festival, UK and world tour; The Mirror For Princes: Kalila Wa Dimna (Barbican BITE ’06 UK, Tokyo International Arts Festival Japan, Dar al Athar Kuwait); The Al-Hamlet Summit (Tokyo International Arts Festival Japan and world tour winning Edinburgh Fringe First Award 2002, Best Production and Best Director at Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre 2002, and the National Arts Award Kuwait 2003); Trading (Kuwait, Best Production and Best Design Awards at Gulf Youth Theatre Festival); Melting The Ice (15th Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre), The Arab League Hamlet (Les Journées Théâtrales de Cartage, Tunisia); Hamlet in Kuwait; The 60 Watt Macbeth and The Game Show (National Theatre of Dijon).  In 2013, Sulayman was invited to direct Ritual for a Metamorphosis by Saadallah Al Wannous for La Comedie Francaise in Paris, and Théâtre du Gymnase, Marseille.

Sulayman lives and works in Kuwait. Future projects include The Lamentation for the Destruction of Ur at the Louvre Museum, Paris and a new play The Petrol Station.