Zainab Magdy at the Jesuit Centre in Cairo

"Memory is not really under our control. It is not something we can control nor is it something that we really own. It is only something that brings us together with people and it will remain that way," says Egyptian stage actress Zainab Magdy, performing Ordinary People at the Jesuit Centre in Cairo. The play is written, performed, and directed by Magdy, and on stage from 22 to 26 November.

The screenplay itself is the result of a productive time at the playwriting residency, Hilfe das Volk kommt (Help! The People are Coming!), organized by the Literature Colloquium Berlin, in partnership with the Maxim Gorki Theater and supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Berlin). The one-woman show was performed in Berlin in October, before now being brought home to Egyptian audiences.

For a full review and interview, see this piece with Ahram Online.