documentary theater


LAILA SOLIMAN / first time in France

1919 : Egyptian villagers testify to convict soldiers who have committed rape. 2017 : a group of actresses recreates the trial and pays tribute to these defiant women.

The starting point: a set of documents found in the archives of the British Foreign Ministry by the Egyptian director. One hundred years ago, in Egypt, women spoke out to denounce the rapes committed by the occupying British army. Laila Soliman entrusts this official report to four actresses. In their hands, it becomes living matter. On the bare stage, they read, recount, think aloud, supported by the music and songs of a violinist.

With the festival d'Automne à Paris


Laila Soliman, born in 1981, is an Egyptian theatre director and playwright, living and working in Cairo. She is most interested in an independent, socially and politically aware theatre, and also in the role of art as a tool that can empower the individual and bring out modes of expression that are neglected and otherwise stifled.


with Mona Hala, Reem Hegab, Sherin Hegazy, Zainab Magdy, Nancy Mounir

stage direction Laila Soliman
production, actors direction, light Ruud Gielens
historical research Katharine Halls
set consultant Nagy Shaker
visual reseach consultant Heba Farid
production Ebtihal Shedid
general management Omar Madkour

production SHISH (Brussels/Cairo)
co-production Embassy of Switzerland in Egypt Office for International Cooperation (Cairo), HAU (Berlin), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Forum Freies Theater (Düsseldorf), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zürich), D-CAF (Cairo), Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil — centre dramatique national
with the support of Mahatat for Contemporary Art (Cairo), 15/3 Studios (Cairo), Goethe-Institut (Cairo)
corealization Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil — centre dramatique national, Festival d’Automne à Paris