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PROGRAMME: Tahrir Monologues film tours Cairo

A filmed version of a play that chronicles personal stories from Egypt's 25 January Revolution, directed by Ahmed Abdalla screens in cultural spots across Cairo until 4 July

Ahram Online, Monday 17 Jun 2013
Tahrir Monologues poster.

The Tahrir Monologues play which was performed 25 times in Cairo, Alexandria, Minya and even Geneva is now filmed, subtitled in English and ready to be shared with a wider online and offline audience.

Tahrir Monologues will screen this summer in cultural venues across Egypt's capital, including Darb 1718, 10 Mahmoud Bassiouny and Shorouk Bookstore, among others. 

The filmed production of Tahrir Monologues is directed by Ahmed Abdalla (Director of Microphone and Heliopolis) and produced by Qabila TV.

Tahrir Monologuesis an independent theatre project that emerged in February 2011 with the aim to preserve the experience of Tahrir Square during the first 18 days of Egypt's most recent revolution.

Initially incubated by Nahdet Al Mahrousa, a local Non Governmental Organization, the project was launched by Sondos Shabayek, 26, a freelance journalist, performer and theatre director. 

Following the revolution, Tahrir Monologues took to stages across the country, telling and re-telling personal tales about the experiences shared by millions of Egyptians in Tahrir Square. Tahrir Monologists takes the audience back to demonstrations that began on 25 January, 2011 to protest police brutality and exploded into demands for the ouster of dictator Hosni Mubarak and goes beyond to incorporate other stories from subsequent protests and events. 

"Some live to forget, but we live to remember. We used to tell stories to celebrate, now we tell stories to resist," the Tahrir Monologues team said in a statement on Facebook.


Tahrir Monologues promo
Thursday 20 June in Bikya BookCafe, 7:30pm
23 Dr Zaki Hassan Street, Behind Tiba Mall, Nasr City
Saturday 22 June in Darb 1718, 7pm
Kasr El Sham Street, Al Fakhareen-Old Cairo, Cairo 
Monday 24 June in 10 Mahmoud Bassiouny, 7pm
10 Mahmoud Bassiouny, Downtown
Tuesday 25 June in Shorouk Bookstore, 7pm
17 Hassan Sabry Street, Zamalek, Cairo
Friday 28 June in Dina's Hostel Art & Culture Space, 7pm
42 Abdel-Khaled Tharwat Street, Downtown, Cairo
Thursday 4 July in The workshops, 7pm
6, Road 4, Maadi, Cairo
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