Art Alert: Ahmed El-Attar's The Last Supper debuts in Cairo

Ahram Online, Sunday 2 Nov 2014

Ahmed El-Attar's latest play The Last Supper is set to open at Falaki Theatre on 10 November

The Last Supper
The Last Supper (Photo: Courtesy of The Temple Theatre Company)

The Last Supper, a play by Ahmed El-Attar which magnifies the absurdity of modern upper-class society, is set to run for three consecutive days at Falaki theatre from 10 till 12 November.

It's been two years since Attar's last production – On the Importance of Being an Arab. His new production The Last Supper was meant to be shown during the third edition of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival this year, of which Attar is also its founder and artistic director. However, the festival only featured excerpts to a limited audience of press and festival recruiters.

The play follows Attar's often chosen themes of family ties and societal issues through which he demonstrates the superflous and hollow nature of an Egyptian family, reflecting on the society's absudity and apathetic attitude as a whole.

The setting is a dining table facing the audience, where an upper-class family sits for dinner to have a conversation. The play stars Sayed Ragab, Ramsi Lehner, Boutros Boutros Ghali, Nanda Mohamed Khaled and Marwa Tharwat.

Following its showing in Cairo, The Last Supper will be shown at the Grand Plateau of La Friche Belle de Mai on 28 and 29 November for the ninth edition of the ‘Rencontres à l’échelle’ Festival, in Marseille, France.

The Last Supper will show at Falaki Theatre everyday between Monday 10 November and Wednesday 12 November at 8pm
Falaki Street, American University Campus, Downtown, Cairo

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