The award-winning production of Cairo's Taleya Theatre 'Collar and Bracelet' has returned to the stage since Thursday at Salah Abdel-Sabour Hall.
Under supervision of Egypt's Ministry of Culture's Theatre Artistic House, the show is on stage every day -except Tuesdays- for two weeks with strict safety measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Directed by Nasser Abdel-Moneim, the play is based on a novel by Egyptian writer Yahya Taher Abdullah (1938-1981), and has been adapted for the stage by Sameh Mahran. The events of Collar and Bracelet take place in Upper Egypt, where an impoverished family becomes prey to popular myths.
The play won the award for best performance at Tunisia's Carthage Theatre Days (Journées théâtrales de Carthage), which held its 21st edition in December in Tunis. It has also won the Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi award during the Arab Theatre Festival held in Sharjah in January 2019.
The play was first staged during the 8th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre in 1996, where Abdel-Moneim won the best director award. The show was reproduced in 2018 within the silver jubilee of the cairo international festival for experimental theatre.
The cast includes Fatma Mohamed Ali, Mahmoud El-Zayyat, Martina Adel, Ahmed Tariq, Ashraf Shoukri, Sherif Al-Qazzaz, Shabrawi Mohamed, Mohamed Haseeb, Sarah Adel, Salma Omar, Sarah Moustafa, Nael Ali, and others; with musical arrangements made by Gamal Rashad, featuring the rababa player Ibrahim El-Qet and his ensemble. The scenography is made by Mohie Fahmy and the costumes are by Naeema Agamy.
'Collar and Bracelet', starts at 7pm, and follows the country’s strict safety measures, including social distancing, obligatory face masks, and sanitising; enforced since the return of public cultural activities in July as part of the country's cautious reopening following the COVID-19 lockdown.
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