Tuesday,18 December, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1410, (20 - 26 September 2018)
Tuesday,18 December, 2018
Issue 1410, (20 - 26 September 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Caffeine dreams

Qahwa Sada (Black Coffee)
Qahwa Sada (Black Coffee)
Al-Ahram Weekly

FAMED Egyptian play Qahwa Sada (Black Coffee) returned to the stage 10 years after its 2008 premiere with the original cast. Many of the relevant names, unknown at the time, have since become household names: Mohamed Farrag, Amir Salaheddin, Hisham Ismail and Hossam Dagher. A phenomenal success, the play immediately won the best mise-en-scene award for the celebrated director and acting coach Khaled Galal at the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre. It went on to tour Egypt’s major theatres and travelled the world, becoming one of the most memorable theatre performances of the 2000s.

Qahwa Sada returned to the National Theatre stage on 17-18 September as part of the ongoing silver jubilee of the Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre (10-21 September). A collage of various scenes, the show tackles numerous issues, looking at social values and how they change over the decades in a kind of parody of Egyptian society that oscillates from melodrama to farce and black comedy. Gestures, intonation, facial expressions and songs are interwoven into the text to comment on and mock conventional complaints.

The Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre launched in the late 1980s. It was suspended in 2011 and returned as the Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre in 2016.

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