MEDAF (Middle East Dramatic Arts Forum) is launching itself with a one-day symposium at the drama department of Hull Universtity.
It is intended to give a vivid if short snapshot of some of the work being done in the region and we have an extraordinary line up of speakers:
 Lenin El-Ramly, award-winning Egyptian playwright and director; Nabil Sawalha, satirist who helped form the first Jordanian National Theatre Group; Sawsan Darwaza, prolific writer and director who was for many years president of the Jordan Centre of the International Theatre Institute; Sulayman Al-Bassam, writer, and director of plays such as THE AL-HAMLET SUMMIT and the first Arabic-speaking RICHARD III at the RSC; and Ben Harrison or a representative from Grid Iron, who will talk about their site specific work in Beirut.
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The Department of Drama and Music of the University of Hull and the Middle East Dramatic Arts Forum are pleased to announce:

A one-day Symposium on Contemporary Arabic Drama
Saturday 9 February 2008, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Followed by a script-in-hand reading of Lenin El-Ramly’s play: THE CAPTIVES

The keynote speaker will be the award-winning Egyptian playwright Lenin El-Ramly.

Other speakers will include :
Sawsan Darwaza, Sulayman Al-Bassam, Nabil Sawalha plus Grid Iron

The fee for the Symposium will be £75 (student concession £40), to include lunch and refreshments during the day. There will also be an optional dinner for those staying on for the evening’s performance.

More details to follow.

In the meantime, registration forms are available form Tony Meech, Head of Department of Drama and Music, University of Hull.