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A History of Water in the Middle East


'Movement director Maria Koripas gets the women to constantly undulate and sway suggesting the flow of water, in a way that feels both organic and highly theatrical.

                                                                                                                   Alun Hood, WhatsOnStage  ★ ★ ★ ★

'Through movement (expertly choreographed by Maria Koripas) song... narration...and re-enactment she [Sabrina Mahfouz] has created a dazzling tour de force of contemporary story telling.'

                                                                                                                           John O'Brien,   ★ ★ ★ ★


 Royal Court

Writer/Performer  Sabrina Mahfouz

Composer/Performers Kareem Samara

Performers Laura Hannah & David Mumeni 

Director Stef O’Driscoll

Movement Director Maria Koripas

Designer  Khadija Raza

Lighting Designer  Prema Mehta

Sound Designer Dominic Kennedy

Video Designer Charli Davis

“What form can something take without water?”

British Egyptian Sabrina Mahfouz always loved the mix of places and rivers she grew up around – Thames, Tees, Nile, Essequibo. But when she applied to be a spy, she realised that in Britain an identity not easily defined can be considered a risk, in ways she was not aware of before.

So now she’s on her own intelligence mission – to explore how the water of the Middle East has enabled British power through the ages; and how Britain still effects landscapes, lives and legacies in the Middle East today.

Photos: Graig Sugden

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