The Department of Performance Studies at Sydney Uni is hosting a workshop with the international director and writer Sulayman Al-Bassam of Sabab Theatre whose new show In the Eruptive Mode opens at Seymour Centre on January 8.

‘Interior Landscapes, contemporary writing for performance’
is a practical writing workshop focusing on the development of view point,  voice and form for dramatic monologues within the framework of contemporary performance practice. The monologues developed within the workshops will be worked from page to stage and back to the page, over the 2 day session.

They invite expressions of interest from mid-career artists ­– just send a paragraph on how the workshop relates to your practice, or future development, and a brief and up to date biography with your full contact details to  There are no participant costs associated with this workshop, though artists need to attend BOTH days.

: Thursday January 10 & Friday 11 2013, 10am – 2pm daily, at the Rex Cramphorn Studio, University of Sydney.

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:
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).

Sulayman lives and works in Kuwait.