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Original English-language production by Sulayman Al-Bassam’s London-based Zaoum Theatre. Premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (summer 2002; won Fringe First award). Staged at the Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre (won Best Performance and Best Director prizes) and in London. Later expanded and rewritten in Arabic; see 2004 expanded Arabic version and bilingual published text (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2006).
Production website and reviews at Sulayman Al-Bassam Theatre (SABAB).
Produced in: Edinburgh, Cairo, London.
Author and director: Sulayman Al-Bassam (Kuwaiti/British)
A crumbling Arab dictatorship (a collage of real states) convenes a government conference amid car bombs in the capital, rebellion in the south, and an international army massed on the borders. The female Arms Dealer sells to all, including Islamist Hamlet and suicide bomber Ophelia as well as Claudius, Gertrude, and Fortinbras.