A history of water in the Middle East by Sabrina Mahfouz

British Egyptian Sabrina Fahfouz grew up with ambitions of being a spy. She has two passports, speaks two languages and has a cultural understanding of two very different countries. But it when it came to applying for MI6, it turned out she wasn’t quite British enough.

So now she’s on her own intelligence mission – to explore who really holds the power in and over the Middle East. In a world long obsessed with access to oil, will water soon become the natural resource that dictates control, or has it been all along?

Directed by Stef O’Driscoll, the production journeys across twelve different countries using theatre, poetry and music to share stories of women across the region. From the British imperialist ownership of natural resources, to the environmental urgency of the present, water has shaped lives, policies and fortunes – and it will shape all our futures.

On show at the Royal Court Theatre from 10 October to 16 November. Tickets from £15-£25. Book yours here.

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Pity

The latest play to land at the Royal Court in Sloane Square is Rory Mullarkey’s new play which asks whether things are really getting worse, and if we care.

 

A normal day. A person stands in the market square watching the world go by.

There’s ice cream. Sunshine. Shops. Some dogs. A wedding. Bombs. Candles. Blood. Lightning. Sandwiches. Snipers. Looting. Gunshots. Babies. Actors. Famine. Fountains. Statues. Atrocities. And tanks. (Probably).

Tickets are from £12, book yours here.

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The Royal Court receives four Olivier Awards

At Sunday night’s Olivier Awards, ‘The Ferryman’ received Best New Play, Best Director (Sam Mendes) and Best Actress for Original Cast Member (Laura Donnelly), while Killology by Gary Owen won Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre.

‘The Ferryman’ had its world premier at The Royal Court in April 2017 and due to overwhelming success, transferred to the West End. Including current cast members, Rosalie Craig and Owen McDonnell, the play closes at the Gielgud Theatre on 19 May, before opening on Broadway in October. Don’t miss your last chance to see it in London, book here!

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