SABAB THEATRE
SULAYMAN AL BASSAM


The Icarus Cycle 
I M E D E A
Ur

The Border Cycle
Petrol Station 
In the Eruptive Mode

The Arab Shakespeare Trilogy
The Al Hamlet Summit        
     Richard III – An Arab Tragedy 
The Speaker’s Progress

Other works
Ritual for a Metamorphosis
Hayyal Bu Tair
A Mirror for Princes
Melting the Ice
Trading 
60 Watt Macbeth 
The Game Show 
Everyman

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SABAB THEATRE
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ULAYMAN AL BASSAM


UR, 2015–18
Running time, 90 minutes
Performed in English and Arabic

Co-producers: Residenztheater, Munich; The Arab Fund for Arts & Culture (AFAC); SABAB Theatre.
Inspired by the ancient Sumerian tablet, The Lamentation for the Destruction of the City of Ur, the first lamentation written for a city in the history of mankind. Evoking multiple timelines that stretch from 2000 BC to the ISIS destruction of Palmyra in 2015 and a utopian vision of a Middle East of the future, UR presents a riot of imagination and archeology exploring themes of iconoclasm, civic space and feminine apotheosis. First developed on the ancient island of Failaka, the play marks Al Bassam's first collaboration with German and Arab diaspora actors.