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The day is full of events for students of Faculty of Engineering, Helwan University will begin with a choir group followed by the theatrical performance. Written by. He set the first play that he wrote in the os, El pescado indigesto (Indigestible Fish) (), in the Roman Republic. The play reads like a typical Roman. Tres obras de teatro: El pescado indigesto, El tren amarillo y El desgraciado incidente del reloj. avg rating — 3 ratings. Want to Read.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Galich began his career writing costumbrismos costume dramas with a political edge. Lists with This Book.

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On such occasions, the ground is spread over with rugs that often crumple and trip up the audience in the dark and rows of ordinary chairs of different styles and sizes big ones for the important guests, smaller ones for the rest are placed in front of the stage and removed afterwards. Orchestrating the action throughout while standing outside the web of ropes was a young violinist in whiteface who, though looking wistfully romantic, was supposed to be taken for the villain. Though it was September, it was consistently hot and humid throughout the week.

It, however, does not excuse his transformation and apotheosis of the play’s Hitler-figure, Gogher Gogh, into a romantic lover, real sage, a national hero and the people’s saviour, nor does it justify the new end in which the emperor decides to leave his palace and mingle with his people.

Though director Mohamed Sabir used the stage version adapted by Metawe’, he could not hope to find actors to match the performances of Abu Zahra and El-Fakharani and his production did not garner any awards.

As usual in such events, Upper Egypt was thinly represented by only two productions. When the people complain and ask where all the cotton has gone, the emperor asks a body of sophist-like intellectuals in his service, here called the Telius a corruption of the word ‘intellectual’ coined by Brecht after attending the congress for the defence of freedom to describe the leftwing thinkers who sat around debating while Hitler brutally consolidated his hold on power to supply a convincing answer.

He was instrumental in the overthrow of the Jorge Ubico regime in and subsequently served as Minister of Education, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and ambassador to Argentina. Its colourful version of Shakespeare’s King Learadapted and directed by Mustafa Murad and performed as a circus act cum puppet show by clowns in motley under the direction of a circus master cum puppeteer, won its stage-designer, Abdel-Rahman El-Gammal, the second award for Best Scenography. A satirical take on intellectual corruption and the role of intellectuals as apologists for corrupt political regimes, the play uses a Chinese fairytale that has appeared in many forms, including Puccini’s opera of the same name, to tell in fifteen scenes, in Brecht’s typical “epic theatre” style, how an emperor when faced with a plentiful cotton harvest, a crop he has heavily invested in, is advised to hide it in his warehouses to avoid a drop in the sale prices and, consequently, diminished profits.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. As the trial proceeded and the witnesses were questioned, different versions of what happened were played out before the seated judge as well as three actors dressed and made up to represent statues of a crucified Jesus flanked by two human angels. Here, the effects of Sadat’s economic open door policy on this coastal town and the destruction of its old way of life and traditional economy were the focus. Sadly, and quite unfairly, Afwan Ahdab Notre Dame went home without any prizes.

As a theatre, Manf hall is a veritable nightmare — not only for performers and directors, but also for the audience. Fatma mohammed marked it as to-read Dec 18, As Fiona Mountford remarked in The Evening Standard on 16 September,”the piece rambles off on typically Brechtian tangents, before bewilderingly abandoning its original set-up almost entirely for an Arturo Ui-like rerun of gun-toting Chicago gangsters.

In the introduction to the indihesto Galich says: Kharbasha won its authoress the second award for Best Playwright. Nor was it of interest to me in El pescado indigesto to weigh whether the vices the poet and other contemporaries attributed to the great general were true or not.

Hend rated pewcado liked it Mar 24, The play was adapted and directed by Karam Metawe’ in the early s and featured veteran comedian Abdel-Rahman Abu Zahra, as the demented guard of the cemetery, and film star Yehia El-Fakharani as the sophisticated, urbane visitor. Want to Read saving…. The prize offered for the best answer is the hand of the pretty but daft Princess Turandot, and it is eventually won by a infigesto gangster called Gogher Gogh who wants to become a Teliu because he feels “destined for public service” and thinks that marrying into the Imperial Family would be a good career move for a gangster.

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Another ambitious project from Northern Egypt based on a foreign play was Al-Mansoura theatre club’s simplified version of Brecht’s last, unfinished play, Torandot, or the Whitewashers’ Congressadapted and directed by Ahmed El-Disouqi. In such conditions as mentioned above, it was a wonder that so many performances could make an impact.

Nevertheless, acted on an almost empty stage, in a stylized manner, with colourful costumes and against a background of Chinese music, El-Mansoura Theatre Club’s Turandot could have won a prize or two had it not been excluded from the contest for having been aired before in another festival.


Charaf Aabid marked it as to-read Jun 09, Yasin El-Sheikh composed the music for both productions and it proved the best element in both, winning him the award for Best Musical Scores in the festival.

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Over six days, regional directors and their technical crews had to struggle to accommodate their productions in the cramped performance space available at Manf with no backstage or wings and cope with its poor and outdated lighting and sound systems placed in the windows of the ground floor offices overlooking the stage, with the projectors and loudspeakers on the roofwhile the actors had to dress, make up and prepare for their parts in two dusty wooden shacks behind the stage.

The scope the author tried to cover defeated him, diluting most of the issues he tried to tackle and leaving the audience wondering what the whole performance was about. May I have this Dance? Asmaa Fouad marked it as to-read Apr 20, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Besides, with two performances scheduled every night, there was hardly enough time for the second performance crew to set the stage and adjust the lighting. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Roses on a rubbish dump

Nehad Selaiha marvels at the ability of artists to overcome the worst performance conditions. Here, the story of the famous hunchback and his beloved Esmeralda is processed through the form of a court-room drama in which the hunchback is tried indigedto the murder of Esmeralda and used as a vehicle for denouncing the alliance of corrupt political power with a corrupt clergy.

What Colour is the Traffic Light? Click to view caption. Mar 24, Ahmed Khaled added it. Roses on a rubbish dump Nehad Selaiha marvels at the ability of artists to pezcado the worst performance conditions As a theatre, Manf hall is a veritable nightmare — not only for performers and directors, but also for the audience.

القطار الاصفر by Manuel Galich

This axiom is embodied in the play in the relationship of Mamurra, the military supplier and unscrupulous businessman, with Caesar, which is described in the play as “a tight marriage”. All rights reserved Comment. Sexual and patriarchal repression and political and economic corruption were the dominant themes in the festival’s 12 performances.