6 April at Rawabet Theatre, 1 – 2 pm
[dropcap color=”#000000″ type=””]I[/dropcap]n a 50-minute performance Ahmed El Attar takes to the stage as both the subject and the presenter of the material, based on his own true life. However, in spite of the title, this performance will neither tell his life story nor explain the Arab identity.
El Attar has synthesised his own personal archive of love letters, official documents, communication with his father and more, into short chapters, creating a performance that is a live rendition of his everyday movements and speech. The play becomes a reflection on the basic essence of acting, in which the performer imitates video footage of his daily life, and speaks lines that are the actual text of his phone conversations.
Both the transcribed telephone conversations and the recorded video footage are updated after each set of performances, ensuring that the performance is always spontaneous and constantly evolving, thereby creating a parallel line with the performer’s life.
Ahmed El Attar is an Egyptian independent theatre director and playwright, as well as the founder and artistic director of Temple Independent Theatre Company and Orient Productions, which works to advance the independent performing arts field in Cairo and has produced several plays over the past ten years.
El Attar’s works, which addresses socially relevant themes, have been performed to public and critical acclaim throughout the Arab world and the west.
The performance is supported by music and video by Hassan Khan. Set & Costume design by Hussein Baydoun and light design by Charlie Alstrom. Written and directed by Ahmed El Attar
Performance is in Arabic, English & French, with Arabic & English subtitles.
Tickets are 10 EGP available from Qasr al Nil Theatre in the coming days.