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Eagle Dream in Dream Hope Wish Desire. Photo: Ahmed Tarek Hassan.
Articles, Reviews, Volume 8

Documentary Theatre in Egypt: Devising a New Play in Cairo

Documentary Theatre in Egypt: Devising a New Play in Cairo
By Jillian Campana and Sara Seif
Arab Stages, Volume 8 (Spring, 2018) 
©2018 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

An original Documentary Theatre play created by American University in Cairo (AUC) students and their professor premiered last year in Cairo. Dream Hope Wish Desire shares the stories of numerous Cairenes from different backgrounds and socio-economic classes as recorded through a series of almost 60 personal interviews conducted by members of a special topics class, Collaborative Documentary Theatre Making.

Students like Ezzat Abdelnour, a Business major, Sara Seif, a Marketing major and Ahmed Hamzawy, a Psychology major enrolled in the Collaborative Documentary Theatre Making class last year because they were interested in connecting to the wider Cairo community by learning about the experiences and feelings of people with circumstances different from their own. Additionally, Hamzawy’s dreams of pursuing a career in Psychodrama lead him to take the course. Seif was interested in exploring the transformative power of live performance and storytelling and in looking at ways of using the art form to explore social issues in Egypt and Abdelnour was excited about the possibility of performing a character based on a real person. The course also offered the students a new approach to theatre-making and a chance to devise a production for the final slot in the AUC performance season.

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