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Winner of women’s prize for playwriting will debut show at Edinburgh International Festival

A SHOW of the winner of the women’s prize for playwriting will debut at Edinburgh International Festival.

Paines Plough, Ellie Keel Productions and 45North announced the joint winner of The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020 who is Ahlam and Amy Trigg.

Winner Ahlam will stage a reading of their debut play ‘You Bury Me’ as part of a series of new work at the Edinburgh International Festival at the Royal Lyceum Theatre this summer.

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‘You Bury Me’ will debut at the Royal Lyceum Theatre this summer.

Both playwrights have premiered their debut shows within nine months of winning, Amy Trigg sold out ‘You Should(n’t) Love Me’ at the Kiln in May 2021.

‘You Bury Me’ by Ahlam is directed by Paines Plough’s Artistic Director Katie Posner with music from Arun Ghosh.

The play is about bodies and people discovering their own and other bodies, bodies that are violated and bodies that make history. 

The play is an explosive political story from Ahlam about a generation fighting to live and love without restrictions in post-Arab Spring Cairo. 

Alham said: “I hope ‘You Bury Me’ offers a glimpse into the painful and beautiful paradox that is Cairo, and hear stories that are full of love and tenderness, as well as rage and violence. I want to thank everyone involved at The Women’s Prize for Playwriting for believing that this is a story worth telling, I cannot describe what this means to me.”

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The play is an explosive political story about post-Arab Spring Cairo.

Joint artistic directors of Paines Plough, Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner said: “We are so thrilled to be able to produce this reading of ‘You Bury Me’ at the EIF this August. Being able to bring bold and dynamic stories to the stage is exactly why we set out to deliver.

“The Women’s Prize for Playwriting and it feels incredible to be able to support not one, but two of these amazing women in 2021.

“As we look ahead to the next year of the prize and the return of telling stories to audiences in person across the UK we want to see the gender imbalance across our main stages radically shift and we hope to be part of this change.”

The Women’s Prize for Playwriting was launched in November 2019 by Ellie Keel Productions and Paines Plough, with 45North and in association with Sonia Friedman Productions.

The prize aims to support British and Irish playwrights who identify as female, the prize is £12,000 and includes an option for Ellie Keel Productions and Paines Plough to co-produce the winning play.

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