monodrama is a theatrical or operatic piece played by a single actor or singer, usually portraying one character.

45 (2016)

A multimedia monodrama, from Egypt, that explores the role of media and how it speaks to women in Egypt today. As the effect of anesthesia wears off, Amal examines her life, all 45 years of it.

Set in a hospital bed, in contemporary Egypt, Amal explores her entire life, the choices she has made and not made, comparing, judging, dreaming and fantasizing alternative lives. This performance will take audiences on a roller-costar ride of battling with inner demons of fears, and dreams. All juxtaposed with clips from the media, commenting on Amal's condition.

This performance was written through a process of improvisation and editing between director Nada Sabet and Actress Sahar El Mougy.

Language: Arabic

Cast: Sahar El Mougy or Abeer Soliman

Director: Nada Sabet

Set and Video Design: Laila Taher

Sound design and composition: Mokhtar El Sayeh

Costume Design: Salma Sedid

Sound, Projection and light operator: Ayman Al Gohary

Print Material Design: Yara Mekkawi

Commissioned by the British Council Cairo, My Rights programme.

Previous Performances: 

The Show Must Go On Festival – Cairo.
To date, 20 Performances in Egypt have taken place in Cairo, Aswan, Qena, Assiut, Menya, and Alexandria. Opening on 14th November at the British Council in Cairo till 14th December 2016.

Poster design for opening night by Yara Mekkawi

Photo credit:  Mohammed Sami Negm

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