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A History of Water in the Middle East at Royal Court




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British Egyptian Sabrina Mahfouz always loved the mix of places and rivers she grew up around – Thames, Tees, Nile, Essequibo. But when she applied to be a spy, she realised that in Britain an identity not easily defined can be considered a risk, in ways she was not aware of before.

So now she's on her own intelligence mission – to explore how the water of the Middle East has enabled British power through the ages; and how Britain still effects landscapes, lives and legacies in the Middle East today.

News About A History of Water in the Middle East at Royal Court

A HISTORY OF WATER IN THE MIDDLE EAST By Sabrina Mahfouz Released As Audio Play
December 18, 2020

The audio play of A History of Water in the Middle East by Sabrina Mahfouz directed by Stef O'Driscoll is available to listen to now until Saturday 30 January 2021 via the Royal Court Theatre's podcast channel.

Dates and Locations Announced For Free Festival, Damsel Outdoors
August 06, 2020

This August will see Damsel Outdoors take place in locations including Portobello Road and Bankside as four compelling new pieces of theatre are staged across London.

Damsel Productions Presents DAMSEL OUTDOORS Summer 2020
June 15, 2020

Creating new possibilities of bringing live theatre to audiences in these challenging times, Damsel Productions presents Damsel Outdoors, a project that embraces theatre and performance outside.

Papatango Theatre Company Announces Winning Monologues From ISOLATED BUT OPEN Initiative
April 27, 2020

Papatango Theatre Company today announced the ten winning monologues from their Isolated But Open - Voices From Across The Shutdown initiative. Filmed performances of the monologues are available now for free on Papatango's website (, alongside the publication of each monologue as a free online PDF by Nick Hern Books.

Royal Court Theatre Announces March 2020 Events; and Summary of Strategies For Becoming Carbon Net Zero
March 05, 2020

In October 2019 the Royal Court Theatre committed to spending 2020 transitioning to becoming a carbon net zero arts venue. Working groups across the organisation led on strategic areas, and consultants were engaged to advise on energy, waste, food and drink, water (cleaning and chemicals), travel and transport, and ticketing, paper and communications to implement immediate operational changes. Summary findings and strategies are detailed in Royal Court Theatre: A Credible Plan for a Just Transition to Carbon Net Zero Through 2020 which can be accessed here.

Casting Announced For LILITH & KARAOKAY at the Bunker
February 25, 2020

For Takeover week 6, Sabrina Mahfouz (A History of Water in the Middle East, Royal Court) will use The Bunker as a platform for conversation with this double bill of works exploring issues around abortion, miscarriage, surrogacy, still-birth, infertility and shame. Hoping that this celebration of womxn's bodies will encourage people to speak out, there will be a counsellor available post-show for anyone who feels a need to talk after seeing the performances.

October 15, 2019

Sabrina Mahfouz has created a lecture/music gig about the history of water in the Middle East.

Casting Announced For A HISTORY OF WATER IN THE MIDDLE EAST at Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
August 15, 2019

Laura Hanna and David Mumeni have been cast alongside musician Kareem Samara and Sabrina Mahfouz in the world premiere of her new play A History of Water in the Middle East directed by Stef O'Driscoll. With design by Khadija Raza, lighting design by Prema Mehta, composition by Kareem Samara (performed live on stage), and sound design by Dominic Kennedy. It will run in the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs Thursday 10 October 2019 a?" Saturday 16 November 2019 with press night on Monday 14 October 2019, 7pm.

Paines Plough Announces Productions, Tour Dates And Casting For ROUNDABOUT 2019
May 15, 2019

Artistic Directors of Paines Plough James Grieve and George Perrin today announced casting, creative team and tour for their final ROUNDABOUT season. Paines Plough's award-winning portable in-the-round auditorium, ROUNDABOUT was conceived by Grieve and Perrin and launched in 2014. ROUNDABOUT will showcase three world premieres, ON THE OTHER HAND, WE'RE HAPPY by Daf James, DEXTER AND WINTER'S DETECTIVE AGENCY by Nathan Bryon and DAUGHTERHOOD by Charley Miles across the country.

The Royal Court Theatre Announces A Year Of Work September 2019 – August 2020
May 01, 2019

The Royal Court Theatre announces A Year Of Work September 2019 - August 2020.

Sheffield Theatres Announces New Season To Complete Programming For 2019
March 22, 2019

As his production of Richard Hawley and Chris Bush's Standing at the Sky's Edge opens in the Crucible, Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, Robert Hastie, announces programming for 2019.

Full Casting Announced For ALYS, ALWAYS at the Bridge Theatre
December 12, 2018

Joining the previously announced Joanne Froggatt (Frances) and Robert Glenister (Lawrence) in the premiere of Lucinda Coxon's Alys, Always are Danny Ashok (Sid), Joanna David (Charlotte), Leah Gayer (Polly), Simon Manyonda (Oliver), Sylvestra Le Touzel (Mary/Audrey), Jeff Rawle (Robin/Mr Thorpe), Vineeta Rishi (Julia Price), Sue Wallace (Mrs Thorpe) and Sam Woolf (Teddy).

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