The floating theater, in Al Manial, continues to present play “Beit al Ashbah” (Ghost House) from Wednesday through Saturday at 07:00 PM (Cairo Local time).
The play, a combination of fantasia and drama, with glimpses of nostalgia, makes it very suitable for families and theatre fans.
The plot is written and directed by Mahmoud Gamal Hedindi. He received as an author three awards from National Theater Festival and won the State Incentive Award for play “We Write a New Constitution”, as well as the Sawiris Prize for “Cinema 30”. He was able to prove himself as one of the directors that can merge the Egyptian script with a global touch, and limiting the obsession with reproducing the global ones.
The story revolves around a young man named “Hassan”—who suffers from the hardship of life— and loses the desire to live and prefers to live in an old house. He rents an old house at a fabulous price, but with time, he discovers the secret behind the cheap rent, which is due to the nearly 20 ghosts haunting the house. They help him reacquainted with life after he gains their sympathy, something he did not find among the living.
The ghost characters were carefully chosen, which included an unknown singer from Emad Eddin Street, Pasha from the monarchy, a criminal, actor, football fan, a lonely old women and a girl who lost her boyfriend.
The play is characterized by its strong artistic elements, especially with its makeup and clothes that have completed the elements of the integrated image of the play, reflecting the vitality of the dead for so that “Hassan” appears next to them lackluster.
The lead actor in the play, Mohamed Ashraf, says that the crisis of “Hassan” is realistic and resembles many people today. He did not choose anything in his life, while his family always controlled his choices, which is the real difference between him and the ghosts because they chose their lives but they left it without completing it, the end that he wishes for.
“The play co-starring youth theater workshop graduates in its new version after a halt that lasted years,” Ashraf said.
“The secret for its tremendous success was due to the actors’ improvisation, it was like an integrated workshop,” the play director stated.
He continued: “The play message is to urge people to desire life and appreciate its value and benefit from before it is too late.”
“The purpose of the colors, decorations, and clothing is to make the audience feel cheerful, despite the play title make it look terrifying, which is surprisingly quite the opposite.”
Contributed by Yara Sameh