Egyptian National Theatre Festival closes with awards ceremony

Ahram Online , Sunday 5 Aug 2018

The plays Snow White and Drama El-Shalateen scooped the most awards

11th national theatre festival
11th Egyptian National Theatre Festival awards (Photo: Al-Ahram Arabic news site)

Egypt’s National Theatre Festival closed on 3 August after a two-week run with an award ceremony at the Cairo Opera House to honour the best entries.

The first prize, worth EGP 35,000, was won by a play called Snow White, which scored a clutch of awards, including best director and best actress.

The play Drama El-Shahateen also did well, scooping second best play and best rising director.

“Through theatre we can shape humanity and its cultural and artistic conscience, and all of the organisations that took part in the festival are working to achieve that,” said festival director Ismail Mokhtar during the ceremony.

Hassan Attia, the festival’s president, noted how the festival has grown.

“The festival was not limited to the official competition, but this year we had more parallel events, including for the first time the Children’s Theatre Symposium, as well as the competition for the poster, and audience surveys that helps us understand them better,” he said, describing the events as “two successful weeks.”

The head of the festival’s jury, Samira Abdelaziz, said that “the increase in the number of local plays is testament that Egypt’s theatre is thriving, and our youth are creating good works, be they university students or amateurs who are pursuing their passion.”


First prize for best play: Snow White

Second prize for best play: Drama El-Shahateen

Special jury award and best ensemble performance: Khaled Galal, director, for Salem Nafsak

Best director: Mohsen Rizk for Snow White

Best rising director: Mohamed El-Rakh for Drama El-Shahateen

Best actor in starring role: Alaa Qouqa for Mesafer El-Leil

Best actress in starring role: Marwa Abdelmoneim for Snow White

Best actor in supporting role: Amgad El-Haggar for Salem Nafsak

Best actress in supporting role: Samia Atef for El-Saa El-Akhira

Best rising male star: Mohamed Nasef for Drama El-Shahateen

Best rising female star: Rana Khattab for Drama El-Shahateen

Best music: Walid El-Shahawy for Illiad

Best set design: Amr Abdallah for Qalaet El-Mot

Best costume design: Naema Agamy for Snow White

Best Light design: Amr Abdallah for Qalaet El-Mot

Best choreography: Sally Ahmed and Monadel Antar for Qalaet El-Mot

Best drama written for theatre: Mahmoud Gamal El-Hadeiny for Segn Ekhteyary

Best scriptwriting: Hamdy Zidan for Lesa Basaal

Best rising scriptwriter: Alaa Kashef for Studio

Appreciation award for best poetry written for theatre: Khaled El-Shibany for Snow White

Appreciation award for Arabic language proficiency: Mesafer El-Leil

Appreciation award for best visual effects: Reda Salah for Iliad

Hazem Azmy award for best critical writing: Two winners Bassem Adel Abdel Tawab and Ahmed Mohamed El-Sherif 

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