The Courtyard Playhouse in Dubai

The Courtyard Playhouse in Dubai is a performing arts training centre and rehearsal studio. It is home to Drama Dubai and specialises in workshops that include acting, stand-up comedy, photography and improvisation. 

The space also has a 58 seater auditorium which I have yet to visit, but love the idea that there's such a small and cosy theatre space in Dubai. 

From what I've read and heard so far, there's a lot of love and passion put into The Courtyard Playhouse. But Kemsley and Tiffany Dickenson, the founders of The Courtyard Playhouse need some financial help to complete the space and have launced a crowd funding campaign. 

"The UAE is our home, and we believe that the population's unique make-up lends us all an artistic individuality. Dubai residents deserve a platform to express themselves: to say 'we are here; we are alive and kicking, and we have something to say!"

You can help by sharing news of the campaign through your local networks or by donating. 

This is a passion project that we have undertaken and financed ourselves, we now want to involve a wider community of friends, and supporters to help us complete this worthwhile project by spreading the word. The addition of basic theatre lighting, backstage changing rooms and washrooms would realize the vision of a vibrant theatre space, created for Dubai, by the very people who live here.

If you live in the UAE and care about this, please donate as little or as much as you can. Full details can be found here. The campaign ends on 30th November 2013.