Dates: 7th till 18th March
February may be drawing to a close, but love is still in the air at the Lyceum (but not the kitsch choccies and plushies kind). You Bury Me uses post-Arab Spring Cairo as an exhaust-fume-soaked backdrop to this coming-of-age tale, charting six friends’ heady escapades through sex, queerness and love. Winner of the 2020 Women’s Prize for Playwriting, playwright Ahlam’s work swells with dreams of revolution, hope and healing.
At SNACK we perhaps see the term ‘ a love letter to’ too often, but rarely does the phrase seem to ring as true as with You Bury Me. Written in 2015 to quench Ahlam’s urge to speak about what was happening back home in Egypt: of the military dictatorship that had extinguished the last embers of hope that burnt so bright after the revolution of 2011. Though it is teeming with political urgency and condemnation of an oppressive police state, You Bury Me remains, as Ahlam writes, ‘A love letter to Cairo, to Egypt, to the revolution, and everyone who fought for it.’