Whether you have been following the Egyptian literary scene or not, you must have heard of Ahmed Mourad and his famous novel Torab El Maas. The novel garnered enough attention and wide critical acclaim to be shown on the big screen, and it has also been adapted into a play.
The play is in sponsorship with Rabbits Media and the master behind it is the director Ahmed Hamed who promises a gripping and cinematic vision of the story on stage.
The play was first shown in May 2016 at El Sawy Culture Wheel with Mourad attending, and was then shown at other places in both Cairo and Alexandria.
Torab El Maas follows Taha El Zahar, a normal, average sales agent in a pharmaceuticals company who begins to see the world differently after the death of his father at the hands of a street thug. Taha’s emotions are only heightened when he discovers his father’s diary, which details the vigilante crimes he committed during his childhood in the Jewish quarter.
When Taha finds himself travelling a similar vigilante path as his father, he questions if the end justifies the means.
Hamed also performs in the play, starring as the protagonist Taha El Zahar, alongside actors Islam Ahmed, Taha Zaghloul, Yousry Ibrahim, and Menna Wagih.
Worth noting that this is not the first novel for Mourad being adapted into a visual piece. El Feel El Azraq (The Blue Elephant) has been adapted for the theatre as a dance performance, and as a film starring Karim Abdel Aziz and Khalid El Sawy back in 2014. His novel Vertigo was adapted for a hit TV show in 2012.
Times and location: The play opens December 22nd at 7 PM and will run on the 23rd, 29th, 30th, 31st of December at two consecutive screenings, 6 PM and 8 PM.
AUC Falaki Theatre, 24 Falaki Street, Downtown Cairo.
Tickets are purchased from selected venues or by delivery. Check out more info here.