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Beyond the Veil

Lifting the veil off theatre

The Company


Fancy joining us for our next production?  If so, your photo might be the next one added to the Beyond the Veil website.  

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for information on our next auditions.


CandyBee

A force to be reckoned with both on and off stage, CandyBee brings life to any production she is part of.  After successful performances with Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi in 2016 and 2018, CandyBee decided to don some sports gear and branch out in Abu Dhabi's theatrical scene.  And besides, she thought the opportunity to learn a new sport was just too good to miss. 

Actor (Resuscitation & Beyond, 2018)

 
 


Sarah

Since performing at the National Theatre in London aged 17, Sarah describes the ensuing years as a careen as much as a career! Published T.I.E. playwright and with 20 years professional theatre, radio and film behind her, she has taken the wandering minstrel role literally by performing and directing across the globe before relocating in the UAE.  

Actor (Resuscitation & Beyond, 2018)


Al-Hurr

Born and bred in Abu Dhabi, Al-Hurr studied film in Montreal. As a self-proclaimed film buff, he would consider his first to be film, but this does not diminish the enjoyment and sense of satisfaction theatre gives him.  Al-Hurr enjoys weaving tales as much as he enjoys portraying them on film or stage.  His enthusiasm is matched only by his confusion. 

Actor (Resuscitation & Beyond, 2018)



Selena

Selena grew up loving sports and the Arts. She spent 10 years dedicated to competitive figure skating, then moved to acting, dancing and singing.  Her love for acting started in high school,.  Since moving to Abu Dhabi, she has performed in various plays, short films and festivals.  Selena co-wrote a play for Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi 2018, winning Best Script

Actor (Resuscitation & Beyond, 2018) 


Gerard

Singer, musician and actor, Gerard has been involved in many productions since moving to the UAE.  However, he's not just one who treads the boards... he's also a very dab hand at producing., and has successfully produced shows for Abu Dhabi Choral Group and Blue Fever.  This year has seen Gerard break out into the Abu Dhabi theatre scene with two shows for Beyond the Veil. 

Actor (Mayan Calendar Society, 2018)

Actor (Resuscitation & Beyond, 2018)


Mary

Mary's love of the theatre started when she was at school, and hasn't waned. When Mary joined the cast of Mayan Calendar Society, a Beyond the Veil entry in this year's Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi and Short+Sweet Dubai, she didn't know what a roller-coaster ride she was in for.  The play won Best Production in Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi, and Mary won Best Actress.  

Actor (Mayan Calendar Society, 2018)


Nav 

With the cricket season coming to an end (in addition to having a fractured finger), Nav decided (or was corrected by his director wife) to dabble in a different type of season - a theatrical one.  He's noticed a few similarities between theatre and cricket - tea breaks, entry music, sledging etc.. - but he's determined there will be no golden ducks on his stage debut.

Actor (Resuscitation & Beyond, 2018) 


Ellen

After studying theatre, Ellen's first theatre job was as part of the technical team on a production of Merlin. After three years free-lancing on mainly fringe and Theatre in Education companies across the UK, and working as a Drama Technician in England., Ellen decided to train as a teacher.  She has enjoyed getting involved in the theatre scene here in Abu Dhabi.

Lighting (Stores Are Now Open, 2017)

Director (Mayan Calendar Society, 2018)


Nooreen

Nooreen is involved in the theatre both in a personal and professional capacity.  As a drama teacher, Nooreen inspires her students to come alive on the stage and share her passion for acting. 

In her spare time, Nooreen hits the stage herself and has been in shows for Abu Dhabi Choral Society, Resuscitation Theatre, Short+Sweet,  and now Beyond the Veil.  

Actor (The Stores Are Now Open, 2017)


Majed

Majed developed a love for the stage early on through being active in the theatre and acting during school and university.  Professionally, Majed began with Arabic/English voice over work, and then had the chance to act in a TV commercial, which led to roles in internationally known films.  He loves to challenge himself, and looks for new experiences.  

Actor (The Stores Are Now Open, 2017)


Faisal

Faisal enjoys acting and humouring himself with his sub-standard singing abilities (exclusively in the shower, before an invisible audience). Faisal considers himself primarily a filmmaker and writer, but enjoys the challenge of being onstage.  Once again Faisal finds himself lamenting the lack of dance training but hopes to achieve a peak of self-deprecation anyway.

Actor (The Stores are Now Open, 2017)

Director (Resuscitation & Beyond, 2018)


Pariya

Having studied theatre in school, Pariya got bitten by the theatre bug and has never looked back.  Being a trained dancer, Pariya is particularly interested in the physical nature of performance, whether it be in a musical or play, and enjoys developing the physicalisaiton of any character she's playing. Pariya is also keen to try her hand at directing in the future. 

Actor (The Stores are Now Open, 2017)


Shery

A performance and theatre major, Shery has previously been involved in everything from musicals to fringe theater to solo theater, in addition to indie films. She has experience in all aspects of theatre and prefers doing costume design and make up, when she’s not acting. In her free time she can be found roaming different cities and trying different restaurants. 

Actor (The Stores are Now Open, 2017)


Marianne
Marianne has been involved in the local theatre scene for some time now, both on stage and behind the scenes.  She has a unique insight into characterization and brings a sincerity to the characters she portrays.  
Marianne has a love of the classics, whether it's Sophocles, Shakespeare, Moliere or one of the contemporary classics such as Tennessee Williams. 
Actor (Doorways 2017)


Sonia

Sonia was overjoyed when, at 5 years of age, she was called "little Cherihane", the larger-than-life Egyptian performer, by the local greengrocer.  

As a lifecoach, Sonia can't help but notice the many parallels between drama and coaching.  Sonia fully believes in the importance of theatre s a tool for inner-work, community building, healing and empowerment. 

Actor (Doorways, 2017)



Fiona

After not doing any theatre for awhile, Fiona acted in Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi 2017 and it ignited the theatre bug again.  

Fiona has done a lot of theatre back in the U.K. and enjoys thought-provoking dramas that make you look inside yourself.  A self-proclaimed lover of nonfiction, Fiona would like to bring people's personal stories to the stage. 

Actor (Doorways, 2017)

Actor (The Stores are Now Open, 2017)


Sally

Sally has been an active participant in the Abu Dhabi choral scene since moving to the UAE, being a current member of Blue Fever and affiliated to other choirs.  Making her acting debut in 2017, Sally has never before treaded the boards as an “Actor”.  She is excited to add another creative outlet as an antidote to the humdrum routine of her professional day job.

Actor (For the Love of H, 2017)



Audrey

Audrey is something of a wandering hippie.  She was a starving artist in Midwest America before returning to teaching in order to live abroad for awhile.  Finding a theatre outlet in the UAE has been a delightful surprise for her! During workdays, Audrey tries very hard to teach small children to be graceful and coordinated. This is Audrey's first performance in AD.

Actor (For the Love of H, 2017)



Katie

Katie brings with her a wealth of experience on the stage, as a singer and actor.  While her background is musical theatre, Katie has enjoyed her first foray into community theatre.  

Katie enjoys the challenge of getting to know a character.  She likes discovering what makes a character tick and developing a totally 3 dimensional character the audience can identify with.

Actor (For the Love of H, 2017)


Alberto

Alberto’s passion for theatre began as a child in Spain and once he was bitten with the theatre bug., that was it.  After being part of many productions, both acting and directing, he's jumped to the UAE theatre scene with Beyond the Veil. He is a good example that engineering and artistic mindset are not in conflict and that not all engineers spend (all) their free time in geeky endeavors!

Actor (More Words, 2016)

Writer (Utopian Hope, 2017)



Harry

Harry has been involved in four Beyond the Veil productions.  A method actor, Harry takes direction very well and is always dependable in his role. He prides himself on being the same in every performance.  Harry discovered his love of acting watching TV and decided to give it a go himself.  He really likes tackling dynamic characters with their feet well grounded.  

Actor (More Words, 2016)

Actor (Alms for the Poor, 2015)

Actor (The Great Redeemer, 2015)



Faris

Faris' passion for acting sparked when he got the lead role in his school's 2012 production of Little Shop of Horrors.  Faris has acted in Shakespearen plays, musicals and community theatre., and is skilled in voice acting.

One of the things Faris likes about acting is the camaraderie on stage.  There's nothing like having someone's back, knowing that they have yours.  

Actor (Utopian Hope, 2017)

Actor (Doorways, 2017)



Derick

Derick is fairly new to the Abu Dhabi stage, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been involved.

A great one for putting his hand up and giving something a go, Derick is one of those guys who can turn his hand to a variety of tasks. 

Derick's latest role is one which is certainly stretching him (both figuratively and literally). 

Actor (Take the Ground, 2016)



Josephine

Josephine stumbled into theatre after a 20-year hiatus in a bid to fulfill a childhood dream of becoming famous!

She has always been an enthusiastic ambassador for theatre and regularly drags her friends to support local artists. 

In her spare time, Josephine enjoys organising events and bringing groups of people together. 

Actor (More Words, 2016)

Actor (For the Love of... H, 2017)


Gautam

Gautam was born and brought up in Mumbai, considered by many the “performing arts capital” of India". He has been acting in theatre right from early years.

He carried his passion to Singapore where he acted in a number of stage productions.

New to UAE and Abu Dhabi, Gautam is eager to explore the theatre side of UAE.

Actor (More Words, 2016)

Director (Utopian Hope, 2017)

Actor (Doorways, 2017)

Director (Doorways, 2017)



Craig
Comedy author and character actor, Craig has been desperately over-compensating for his naturally introverted personality for years. A veteran of the West Yorkshire amateur theatre scene, Craig has taken on many roles in plays and musical theatre over the years. He has also hosted improvisation comedy nights and plays blues harmonica relatively badly. 
Actor (Take the Ground, 2016)
Actor (Mayan Calendar Society, 2018)
Writer (Resuscitation & Beyond, 2018)
Director (Resuscitation & Beyond, 2018)
 


Ro

After attaining a degree in Drama... Ro realised she couldn't make it as a sophisticated veterinarian so she chose a life of bread and water instead. Ro rates Benicio Del Toro as one of the world's best (but most underrated) actors. Ro always dreamed of being an actor, and thinks of the stage as home.  She now also dreams of becoming a rock icon, like Freddy Mercury. 

Actor (Take the Ground, 2016);
Actor (More Words, 201
6)
Actor (Adopt or What?, 2017)
Actor (For the Love of... H, 2017)
Actor (Doorways, 2017)
Director (Resuscitation & Beyond, 2018)
Actor (Resuscitation & Beyond, 2018) 


Maggie

Maggie loves acting and has done many plays during her school and university days. The encouragement she received motivated her to continue.  Acting for Maggie is a passion,.  It gives her the opportunity of exploring many characters and to get out of her comfort zone, as well as the courage to express her feelings in front of an audience.  

Actor (Take the Ground, 2016)

Actor (More Words, 2016)

Actor (For the Love of... H, 2017)

Actor (Doorways, 2017)

Actor (The Stores are Now Open, 2017)

Actor (Resuscitation & Beyond, 2018) 


Khristine

Khristene has been involved in many productions both in Philippines and Abu Dhabi.  She has always had a passion for performing.  She believes that it is through performing that actors can express themselves and perfect their craft.  She also believes in the old adage, "there are no small parts, only small actors".  In addition to acting, Khristene has a passion for singing and dancing.

Actor (Alms for the Poor, 2015)



Adithya

Ever since his performance in a Midsummer Nights Dream, Adithya has been captivated by the world of theatre and loves to act anywhere he can.  His performance in "The Little Shop Of Horrors" launched his interest in musical theatre. For Adithya, acting molded him into the person he'd hoped being and claims performing to be a liberating experience at no cost.

Actor (Rucking Good Time, 2016)

Actor (Utopian Hope, 2017)

Actor (Doorways, (2017)



Steve

Steve is returning to acting after a couple of years off.  His last straight role was Nick in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in the early 80’s. Steve welcomes the fact that his current role requires him to deliver far fewer lines than Edward Albee’s play: “Some important bits of my memory, along with most of my hair, have gone missing since 1982”.

Actor (Rucking Good Time, 2016)


Darko

Since moving to the UAE, Darko has been a regular feature on Abu Dhabi stages.  He loves the opportunity of being somebody else,  and finds the chance to play a variety of character types provides a buzz like no other.  For Darko, theatre is about exploring different aspects of himself as he develops the character he happens to be playing.  

Actor (Alms for the Poor, 2015)


Ray

While Ray might be a new addition to the stage in Abu Dhabi, he has been involved in numerous productions back home in the States.  A man of many talents, Ray is not only able to turn his hand to the technical side of theatre, but is also comfortable on stage.  For Ray, the theatre provides an opportunity to delve into human psychology, which is always an exciting endeavour. 

Actor (Alms for the Poor, 2015;

Actor (Rucking Good Time, 2016)



Nagham

Nagham loves acting simply because it enables her to bring out the truth on stage.  It is the truth behind a performance is important to her.  She enjoys impersonating different characters as well as being seen differently among the crowd. Nagham believes that it is through acting, she is able to develop herself in the real world, and find out more about herself..

Actor (Alms for the Poor, 2015)


Fatim-Zahra

Maybe it’s because she is getting older and she does not want to miss the opportunity to do what she really wants to do in her life, but it is with a tremendous pleasure that Fatima-Zahra is back on stage.  With Moroccan roots, Fatima-Zahra has lived in different places which introduced her to great people and great ideas that shaped the person she is today.

Actor (Alms for the Poor, 2015)



Niels

Niels has been performing plays for almost 25 years (he started at a very early age!) in both the UK and the UAE. 

His favourite roles have been in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, and Billy Liar in the UK and The Mousetrap'Allo 'Allo, Rebecca and Playboy of the Western Region in the UAE.  Niels is looking forward to being back on stage after a two- year absence.

Actor (Alms for the Poor, 2015)



Carlos
Born in Venezuela, Carlos tripped into the world of theatre through a workshop by the renowned actress Carolina Gentile.  Ever since then, theatre has become an essential part of Carlos's life and he is always trying to delve deeper and deeper into the secrets of the art.  Carlos has performed in several plays in both Venezuela and Abu Dhabi. 
Actor (Alms for the Poor, 2015)
Actor (More Words, 2016)

 

Rob 

The rush Rob felt when he first took the stage nearly 18 years ago was so intense that he has chased it ever since.  A teacher by day, he spends almost all of his life in performance mode.  As a mild exhibitionist he enjoys getting out of his comfort zone.  And in the end who doesn't want to stand up and take a bow and hear the applause of the audience?

Actor (Alms for the Poor, 2015)
Actor (Rucking Good Time, 2016)

 

Sanoop

Sanoop is a well-known, local performer, and has performed a number of times both in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.  As a self-proclaimed lover of all things theatrical, Sanoop is perhaps better known as a dancer.  However, this time round, the audience will see a different side to Sanoop.  He is enjoying the opportunity to dig deep to discover what makes a character tick.  

Actor (Alms for the Poor, 2015)

Director (Rucking Good Time, 2016)

Actor (More Words, 2016)

Writer (Adopt or What?, 2017)

Director (Adopt or What?, 2017)

Actor (Adopt or What, 2017)

Director (Doorways, 2017)

Actor (Doorways, 2017)


 

Muatasem

Even though Muatasem has had a passion for being on stage for a long time, Alms for the Poor is his first time acting in a play.  He believes that being on stage is a personal mission to deliver a message about life to the audience.  Through rehearsing, he is enjoying the chance to develop both vocal and emotional control.  Acting is Muatasem's door to discovery.  

Actor (Alms for the Poor, 2015)



 

Kathleen

Kathleen was active in the performing arts in NYC.  Two of her favorite roles are the Porter (Macbeth) and Nina (The Seagull). Kathleen was nominated for a 'Best Actress award in a Musical' and was a Top 12 Finalist in the Macy's Search for Broadway's New Annie in the "Annie" Revival. Kathleen's trained in Irish dancing, musical theatre, improv and acting. 

Actor (The Great Redeemer, 2015).



 

Valerie

Valerie has appeared in film, television and lots of strange experimental theatre (her favourite) in NYC.  Valerie was nominated for an Encore Award for her role in Neil Labute's Bash.  A graduate of the Barnard College Dance Department, Valerie has studied theatre in Ireland and Bali, as well as across he USA.  When not performning she enjoys teaching dance & yoga to childen.

Actor (The Great Redeemer, 2015)


 

Zaki

Zaki is a Jordanian architect, with a great passion for the arts, in all its forms.  His interest in the arts in general eventually lead him to the theatre.  Zaki enjoys the immediacy of the theatre - there's nothing quite like being onstage in front of a live audience. Not knowing how things are going to turn out is one of the things Zaki likes best about being on stage.

Actor (The Great Redeemer, 2015)



Assyl

Assyl loves acting because it gives him the chance to pretend he's something that he's not in real life, which is sort of what he does on a daily basis anyway. Assyl prefers theatre to film because a live audience complimenting his performance after the end of a show massages his galactic ego to a degree that film-acting can only dream of achieving.  

Actor (The Great Redeemer, 2015)



Samah

Samah has always had a passion for the theatre, both as an actor and a writer.  While at university, two of her favourite roles were Antigone and Hyacinte.  She is particularly interested in writing stories inspired by different Moroccan complexities. Exploring new areas and methods of interpretation is what motivates Samah the most.  This is what draws Samah to the stage. 

Actor (The Great Redeemer, 2015) 



Ahmad

Ahmad is from Abu Dhabi.  He believes it's the fortunate ones who know what they're passionate about and he considers himself one.  For Ahmad, acting is about empathy, stemming from the belief that the most important thing in life is understanding one another. That's why he thinks being involved in the collaborative process of story telling is crucial.

Actor (The Great Redeemer, 2015)

Actor (Alms for the Poor, 2015)



Rob

Rob made his Abu Dhabi acting debut in 2014.  However, before that, Rob was no stranger to theatricality.  Rob is a creative person with interest both on stage and behind the scenes.  He is talented when it comes to design, and has an innovative eye.  He is a person that can turn his hand to anything, whether it's acting, lighting or costume design.   

Technical (Great Redeemer, 2015)



Layla

Layla has been Beyond the Veil's choreographer since the company started in 2015, choreographing two very different sequences (the fight scene in The Great Redeemer, and 'Death by Train' in Alms for the Poor).  Possessing a keen eye for detail and creativity to die for, choreography and photography are two of Layla's passions.  One day we hope to get Layla on stage. 

Choreographer (Great Redeemer, 2015)

Choreographer (Alms for the Poor, 2015)

Choreographer (More Words, 2016)



Amir

Amir loves the performing arts. He's enthused about bringing habits, actions, thoughts and the things we go about doing in our daily lives to the stage. He's fascinated by Arabic plays and musicals, and hopes to get to bring back the Arabic plays of the 70s and 80s.  Despite his alleged laziness and time constraints, Amir always finds himself either on stage or a set. 

Actor (The Great Redeemer, 2015)

Director (More Words, 2016)


Zakaia 

Zakaia has been involved in theatre for a long time, both on stage and behind the scenes in theatre and in film.  She has worked as a amateur and professional.  As an academic, Zakaia is interested in experimental theatre, physical theatre, the actor-audience relationship, female representation and Arabic Theatre, in particular, that of the UAE.

Director (The Great Redeemer (2015)

Director (Alms for the Poor, 2015)

Writer (Rucking Good Time, 2016) 

Actor (Love Diplomats, 2016)

Actor (Take the Ground, 2016)

Director (More Words, 2016)

Actor (More Words, 2016)

Writer (For the Love of... H, 2017)

Writer (Adopt or What?, 2017)

Actor (Doorways, 2017)

Director (Stores are Now Open, 2017)

Writer (Resuscitation & Beyond, 2018)

Director (Resuscitation & Beyond, 2018)


Angeline

Angeline is no stranger to the stage in Abu Dhabi.  Whether it's singing a jazz classic, dancing in the chorus, or giving a stella acting performance, Angeline is well-known to local audiences.  

However, this is not the end of her talents as she is as competent backstage as she is at treading the boards. She hopes to direct in the near future.  

FoH (The Great Redeemer, 2015);
Assist. Dir. (Alms for the Poor, 2015);
Director (Love Diplomates, 2015)
Actor (Love Diplomats, 2016);
Director (Take the Ground, 2016)

Writer (For the Love of... H, 2017)
Director (For the Love of H... 2017)
Director (Doorways, 2017)
Sound (Doorways, 2017)
Actor (The Stores are Now Open, 2017)
Writer, Director, Actor (Incinerate, 2018)
Actor (Resuscitation & Beyond, 2018)


Ahmed

Ahmed likes being involved in a theatre production, whether it's onstage or behind the scenes as part of the creative team.  He is a regular on Abu Dhabi stages and enjoys the chance to 'wear a different hat' for awhile. Ahmed's love of theatre is equal to his love of photography, and much of the photography on this website is thanks to him.  

Publicity (The Great Redeemer, 2015)

Lighting  (Alms for the Poor, 2015)

Technical (Take the Ground, 2016)

Lighting (More Words, 2016)

Lighting (Doorways, 2017) 

Lighting (The Stores..., 2017)

Lighting (Resuscitation & Beyond, 2018)