This blog documents the work - in - progress of Spring Awakening, a theatrical performance about adolescence in the context of contemporary Egypt.

Performance dates: 01. – 06.04.2010 Rawabet Theatre, Cairo / 09.,10.04.2010 Jesuit Centre, Alexandria.

December 13, 2010

Back in CAIRO

12 days past fast, the experiences will stand the test of time (pathos allowed) -
thanks to all who supported us, came to see the performance and made the tour possible!


Workshop with 30 palestinian teenagers from a camp in Tripoli.


Laila on Air: Morning programm of Future TV and BICA
(interview coming up)

1st show in Beirut

"Why did you chose such subject? And not something easier to deal with?"

Lola and Rasha now seem to be the sex idols of some 80 teenagers who saw the matinée show


Arriving in Dawar El Shams, Saber arrives as well - safe sound welcome.
Excited about the two extra matinées.

Dawar El Shams, Warm up

Going to BEIRUT

Summing up II:

1 (syrian) critic who never thanks anyone thanks Laila for the performance
1 (egyptian) critic who "had an experience"
5 x 1 report written by the egyptian journalist who travelled with us; key words: honor, delight, honor, cultural exchange, honor, progess of relations, honor. Minor mentions: Frank Wedekind, 1891
350 people who saw the show
1 Visa problem - waiting for lebanese travel permit for Mehera

(detailed critics coming up)


Perfoming in Damascus - stage about twice as big as in Cairo, audience capacity aound 500..

A bit trial and error with various hanging systems..

And - we found the Syrian Version of Tok Tok

December 10, 2010

DAMASCUS PART 2 (02.12.2010)

Zero gets his travelling permission - he arrives on the the 1st.

Rehearsing between edges of french culture centre and hotel lobby

DAMASCUS PART 1 (30.11.2010)

Summing up/getting ready
(Access denied to blogspot in Damascus)

- 1 new play version (amongst others: govenement censores content of official 9th grade biology book)
- 2 missing actors waiting for tavelling permission in Cairo
- 2 new actors on tour (Welcome Amr Abdelazis and Mounir Saeed!)
- 2 ministers of culture with an eye on the production 24/7
- 150 kilo extra luggage (entire stage)
- 12 days of touring coming up

Mounir, Ezzat, Amr Ezzat, Marwa from the Egyptian ministry

November 23, 2010


Thrilled! Invited! Going!
Spring Awakening will be performed in:

DAMASCUS: 4th of December at Drama Hall in Darl El Asad for Arts and Culture, 7PM /

BEIRUT: 8th and 9th of December at Dawar El Shams Theater, 8.30PM
(Sami Solh Ave.,
+96 11 38 1290)

Tickets are sold at both venues and / or can be booked in advance -
we hope to see you there:

May 3, 2010

WEEK 28 (22.04. - 28.04.2010)

Wrapping up kept all busy.
In any case:

THANK YOU to all the supporters and people who made the project possible.
We will return soon - for upcoming dates of performances please check the blog.

all is best -

spring awakening egypt 2010

April 18, 2010

April 8, 2010

WEEK 26 (08.04. - 14.04.2010)

Looking forward to perform in Alexandria @ Jesuites Cultural Centre!

along the way

48h @ the sea with everyone...

"Did Hussam arrive from Cairo yet?" (Saturday, 10.04., 19.25h)
"Why Mubarak? The devil we know is better then the unkown."
"Where is the key to the apartment? Inside? But the door is closed."
"We need to paint the wall for the performance."

along the way

people searching ...

April 2, 2010

WEEK 25 (01.04. - 07.04.2010)

Additional performance of Spring Awakening at Rawabet Theater: 06.04.2010 at 19.00h! Second show: 20.30h.


Props for the pictures: Salam, Victor, Mina. Thank you!

"I wouldn´t take my girlfriend to the show - with these scenes in the Tuk Tuk.. But I liked Lola..." (boy, 16)
"I saw it now the second time, with my little sister, she liked it alot. I would like to write an article about the play for the school magazine." (girl, 16)
"We too talk about certain sites..., maybe not as detailed as in the play." (boy, 16)
"It reminded me alot of my school times back then." (spectator, 25)
"I thought it was naive." (spectator, 26)
"It was very direct." (boy, 16)
"I liked that it was very indirect." (spectator, 67)


along the way

getting ready...