This story is about a city. A city of exhaust fumes, drunken phone calls, first kisses, hysteria, sweat and laughter. Cairo.
Coming of age in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, six young Egyptians navigate friendship, loss and secret Grindr dates in the city that made them.
Winner of The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020, You Bury Me is an explosive, political debut from Ahlam about a generation emerging from a national trauma, determined to live and love freely.
“Only Cairo, eh? Only Cairo will push you to your absolute limits and then suddenly… you’re in love. You’re in love and you’re entangled and stuck. How does this city do that?”
A Paines Plough, The Women’s Prize for Playwriting, 45North, The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and The Orange Tree Theatre production, in association with Bristol Old Vic.
Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes (with no interval)
Age guidance: 14+
Content warning: Contains strong language, sexual references, drug use, allusions to death, grief, and personal and political trauma.
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“A call to arms that adamantly insists on hope.”
“A truly vivid political drama, [with] a tightly bound, gifted young cast.”
“We need new writers, new words and stories... Ahlam’s You Bury Me, through a love letter of revolution and Cairo, speaks to the entire world.”
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“You Bury Me will stay in your mind long after you leave.”
“An exhilarating, vibrant and life-affirming paean to the young people of Cairo.”
“A vital piece of 21st century theatre.”
“Visually, emotionally and politically forceful, performed with wit, skill and humanity.”
“Directed with vim by Katie Posner... The young cast are immensely engaging.”