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Carolyn D'Silva

Gather Ye Rosebuds

Gather Ye Rosebuds: Arab Women in the Spotlight

Gather Ye Rosebuds is one of those rare things that delivers exactly what it promises: a combination of humour and drama set amongst the backdrop of an Egyptian revolution. I’ll admit that I questioned how comedy and laughter could be introduced into a play that deals with heavy issues such as female genital mutilation and women’s rights, but it somehow worked.

The play, directed by Diyan Zora, revolves around the events of an afternoon in downtown Cairo. Medina, an Egyptian woman educated in the UK, is preparing for a special ceremony: her daughter’s circumcision. Her British friend Louise, who now lives in Cairo as a doctor, comes to her flat and asks her to stop the ceremony or she will call the police. In the next room, Medina’s sister and friends wait and chat amongst themselves, discussing the protests in Cairo and how unsafe it has become for women in the streets.

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Category: Theatre