• Outburst 2019: New Queer Works from Lebanon & Egypt

  • Sat, 09-11-2019 at 11:30
  • Brian Friel Theatre
    20 University Square
    BT7 1PB Belfast
Outburst 2019: New Queer Works from Lebanon & Egypt - Brian Friel Theatre - Belfast

We are excited to present two new works in-development by emerging artist from Beirut and Cairo as part of our Queer at Queen’s strand. Dima Mikhayel MattaTHIS IS NOT A MEMORISED SCRIPT, THIS IS A WELL-REHEARSED STORYYesterday, I woke up with the certainty that holding hands with the woman I love in Beirut is revolutionary.The body is the city. The city is the body. Dima Mikhayel Matta draws a powerful picture of her queer existence in relation to Beirut. Brutally and tenderly intimate, Matta reflects on relationships and childhood in a deeply personal work that confronts prejudice head-on, accusing and reflecting in equal measure.Written and performed Dima Mikhayel Matta and directed by Yara Bou Nassar.Ismail FayedWHAT THE NADIM KNEW/CHAPTER I: BY SUNSET, BY THE NILE, WE SAT AND SANGNothing is more contested than Arab history post-independence and the ways in which stories are told and retold. Taking a 1955 concert by iconic Egyptian singer and actress Um Kalthoum where she aligns herself completely with the Free Officers and Gamal Abdel Nasser, By Sunset, by the Nile, We Sat and Sang, is a storytelling exercise that uses the music of the time as a way not only to come to terms with this history but to insert voices, sounds and scores that repeat, emphasize, and clash with the meaning, symbols and significance of such history.Development of this work is supported by Outburst through support from British Council Middle East & North Africa (MENA).MORE IF/ LESS IF tickets available for this event. Here's how it works…We've set a standard ticket price for most tickets.If you are strapped for cash, you have the option to pay what you can (£2+) for your ticket. We’d prefer you to be there if you want to be there!If you are able to support Outburst's work, you have the option to pay an extra £2+ or more for your ticket. Outburst is a registered charity and your donation really helps, thanks for your support!