You Bury Me by Ahlam

This story is about a city. A city of exhaust fumes, drunken phone calls, first kisses, hysteria, sweat and laughter. Cairo.

The smoke of revolution is still in the air, but these six young people have other things in mind. Alia and Tamer must hide their secret love away from the gaze of their families. High schooler Lina contends with the escapades of her rebellious friend, Maya. And struggling to pick up the pieces after the Arab Spring, journalist Osman and dreamer Rafik face the dangers of living as their true selves.

Winner of The Women’s Prize for PlaywritingYou Bury Me is written by an anonymous playwright under the alias Ahlam. It is about a generation coming of age after revolution, determined to live and love freely.

Directed by Katie Posner, Joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough. She has most recently directed Hungry (Soho Theatre/Roundabout Edinburgh) and Really Big and Really Loud, Black Love (Co-Director for Roundabout). 

“The unanimous acclaim for You Bury Me from our judging panel was entirely justified – it’s a funny, heartwarming and astutely observed play about youth, love and hope in an oppressive and sometimes dangerous world. I have no doubt that audiences will be deeply moved by Ahlam’s powerful and unsentimental writing.” Ellie Keel, Founder Director of The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 

A co-production with Paines Plough, The Women’s Prize for Playwriting, 45North and The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, in association with Bristol Old Vic. 

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