Art Alert: Theatre play inspired by life of Egyptian late musician Mohamed Fawzy staged in Alexandria

Ahram Online , Sunday 29 Aug 2021

The play will be staged on five days in first two weeks of September

Mohamed Fawzy
(Photo: courtesy of Saeed Kabeel)

A theatre play chronicling the life of renowned Egyptian musician and actor Mohamed Fawzy (1918-1966) titled ‘The Night Has Gone’ premiered on 27 August on the stage of the Lycee Al-Horreya Theatre in Alexandria.

The play’s upcoming performances are scheduled on Thursday 2, Friday 3, and Saturday 4 September 2021, as well as 9 and 10 September.

Directed by Saeed Kabeel, the play walks the viewers through the variety of creative fields that characterised Fawzy’s career; from his original passion for singing and composing to his endeavors in the movie industry as an actor and filmmaker.

Fawzy is considered one of the leading entertainers of Egypt’s golden age of culture (1940s-1960s). Throughout his career as a musician, he collaborated with renowned names of his time such as Farid El-Atrash, Mohamed Abdel-Mottaleb, and Mahmoud El-Sharif.

He wrote over 400 songs, many of which have become hallmarks of Egyptian musical culture. His most well-known compositions include ‘Maloh Al-Amar Maloh’, ‘Habiby Wi Eenaya’, ‘Wahashona Al-Habayeb’, and ‘Shahat Al-Gharam’.

Fawzi also composed ‘Qassaman’ (‘We Pledge’), which is the national anthem of Algeria, the lyrics of which were written by Moufdi Zakaria.

Mohamed Fawzy
(Photo: courtesy of Saeed Kabeel)

The play shares the same name as one of Fawzy’s most popular songs, which was released in 1955.

The play stars Mahmoud El-Zayat, Ahmed Askar, Khaled Nabil, Monica Joseph, Adel Saeed, and Arsani Moshreqi.

The play was written by Ahmed Askar, while the crew includes Mohamed Shehata in charge of music, scenographer Walid Gaber and light designer  Ibrahim El-Forn.

The play brought together some of the known figures in Alexandria’s theatrical scene, such as Ibrahim El-Forn, who is also the artistic director of the Theatre Without Fund Festival (TWFF), which concluded its 11th edition on 26 August.

Director Saeed Kabeel served as the head of the theatre programming unit at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Arts Centre before moving to Cairo, where he became in charge of programming at the Tahrir Cultural Centre — which is part of the American University in Cairo.

Along with Mohamed Abdelrahman El-Shafei, Kabeel is currently the artistic director of the Cairo Int’l Festival for Experimental Theatre — which will be held between 14 and 19 December 2021. Kabeel also has a lot of experience directing theatre plays, which were performed mostly on Alexandria’s stages.

Mohamed Fawzy
(Photo: courtesy of Saeed Kabeel)


Thursday 2 September
Friday 3 September
Saturday 4 September
Thursday 9 September
Friday 10 September

The play starts at 9pm

Lycee Al-Horreya Theatre
Eskander Al-Akbar St., Shatby, Alexandria

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