Merchant of Venice silent adaptation Halawes returns to Al-Hanager Theatre

Ahram Online , Friday 26 Aug 2022

Halawes (Hallucinations), a silent adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, by Egyptian director Mohamed Abdalla, is returning to the Al-Hanager Theatre for five nights starting Friday - a year after its premiere.



The play will feature on stage at Al-Hanager Theatre’s Hoda Wasfy Hall for five nights this week; Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm.

The critically acclaimed mime show had been developed over 12 years of preparation and eight months of rehearsals using expressive body language and merging different aspects of theatre schools.

The no-dialogue version of the classical play "focuses on human relationships and emotions of friendship, love, jealousy and hate,” the director had told Ahram Online after its initial premiere.

Halawes’ original cast includes Omar Ezz, Abdallah Sultan, Abdulrahman Al-Qadi, Nesma Adel, Moatassem Shaaban, Jeorj Fawzi, Mostafa Hazeen, Reem Essam and Amira Ibrahim.

The cast was trained by Abdalla with the assistance of Mostafa Hozayen and Ahmed (‘Oscar’) Najdi.

Among the crew are assistant director Marwa Hassan, executive director Ahmed Reda, with décor designed by Amr Abdalla and lighting designed by Abu Bakr Al-Sharif.

Amira Saber is the stylist of the show, while Mohamed (‘Bakkar’) Fawzy designed the masks and make-up.

Mixed by Youssra Tawfik, the music of the show is selected and prepared by Abdalla and will be under the charge of sound executive Omar (‘Chicoo’) Shoqier.

Halawes will also participate at the upcoming 29th edition of Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre (CIFET), taking place 1 and 8 September 2022.

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