You Bury Me

by Ahlam

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.

For more specific content and trigger warnings, click here to download the You Bury Me Care Pack, created by 45North.

Where we're going...

Bristol Old Vic


24 Feb – 4 Mar 2023

The Royal Lyceum Theatre


7 – 18 Mar 2023

The Orange Tree Theatre


27 Mar – 22 Apr 2023

Creative Team




Katie Posner


Sara Perks

Lighting Designer

Aideen Malone


Kareem Samara

Sound Designer

Adam P McCready

Movement Director

Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster

Casting Director

Jacob Sparrow

Assistant Director

Riwa Saab

Intimacy Director

Robbie Taylor Hunt

Production Manager

Ryan Funnell

Company Stage Manager

Lois Sime

Assistant Stage Manager

Charlotte Smith-Barker

Technical Stage Manager

Simon Perkins

Lighting Programmer (Bristol Old Vic) / Relighter (Edinburgh Lyceum)

Matthew Carnazza

Costume Supervisor

Manuela Fleming

Rehearsal Photography

Rebecca Need-Menear

Production Photography

Pamela Raith