The Last Supper

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Ahmed El Attar


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The Last Supper © Christophe Raynaud de Lage


The Last Supper likes to play with its misleading similarities to Christ's last meal. As in most paintings of the last supper, the guests seat side by side, an unnatural, even affected, seating arrangement. Because if they do share a meal and make every effort to be together, the characters of Ahmed El Attar's play also like to put on a show. They are representative, to the point of caricature, of Cairo's upper class. As post-revolutionary Egypt faces major political, economic, and social challenges, their conversations betray their carelessness, their frivolity, their contempt for the people. The director examines a ruling class obsessed with appearances and money, whose language and positions he uses to expose their vacuity. In an uninterrupted flow of words, his characters wallow in the void they have themselves created, to the point of absurdity. Fiction turns out to be more realistic than many documentaries, and all affirm that this period of “agitation” will eventually come to an end. The Egyptian director and his eleven actors work on language as the location and symptom of a vertiginous crisis of meaning; although it takes place in Cairo and is in Arabic, this last supper could very well be about all of us.


Text and direction Ahmed El Attar
Music Hassan Khan
Sets and costumes Hussein Baydoun
Lights Charlie Aström
Sound Hussein Sami
French translation Menha El Batraoui, Charlotte Clary

Boutros Boutros-Ghali Le père
Ahmed Farag, en alternance avec Salah-Eddine Meliouh L'enfant
Mona Farag, en alternance avec Sakina Meliouh L'enfant
Mahmoud El Haddad Le domestique
Mohamed Hatem Le majordome
Ramsi Lehner Le fils
Nanda Mohammad Fifi
Abdel Rahman Nasser Mido
Sayed Ragab Le général,
Mona Soliman La bonne
Marwa Tharwat Mayoush


Production Orient productions, The Temple Independent Theatre Company 
Coproduction Tamasi Collective 
With the support of Studio Emad Eddin Foundation, Swedish International Development Agency, Ministère de la Culture de la République arabe d'Égypte
In partnership with RFI and France 24

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