Art Alert: Diamond Dust play gets cinematic adaptation on stage

Ahram Online , Monday 23 May 2016

The stage adaptation of the novel Torab El-Mas (Diamond Dust) will be performed at Cairo’s El-Sawy Culturewheel

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Diamond Dust (Photo: fragment from the book cover by Ahmed Morad)

Adapted from Ahmed Morad’s novel of the same name, Diamond Dust will be staged for the sixth time in Cairo, this time at El-Sawy Culturehweel on 30 May, with the attendance of Morad in the audience.

Another adaptation of the play was staged at Hosapeer theatre last month.

Diamond Dust follows protagonist Taha El-Zahar, who begins to see the world differently after the death of his father at the hands of a street thug, a feeling that is only strengthened when Taha discovers his father’s diary which details the vigilante crimes he committed during his childhood in the Jewish quarter.

When Taha finds himself on a similar vigilante road as his father, he questions if the end justifies the means.

According to the event’s description, the play presents a cinematic vision of the story on stage.

The play is directed by Ahmed Hamed, who also stars in the play as the protagonist, alongside actors Islam Ahmed, Taha Zaghloul, Yousry Ibrahim, and Menna Wagih.

This is not the first of Morad’s works to be adapted for the theatre. El-Feel El-Azraq (The Blue Elephant) has been adapted for the theatre, a dance performance, and a film which stars Karim Abdel Aziz.

His novel Vertigo was adapted for a television series in 2012, and his latest novel is Ard El-Elah (Land of God), recently released in March.

The performance announced that it is not suitable for children.

Monday 30 May, 7.30pm
Sawy Culturewheel, Zamalek, Cairo

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