Muhammad Adel wrote “Minus One” and Abdullah Saber directed it. The play was acted by Ahmed Abbas, Yara El-Meligy, Mustafa Rushdy, Sally Saeed, Abdul-Rahman Mohsen, and Mustafa Abdul-Hadi.
From the Institute to a Prestigious Theatre
Abeer Fawzy, a professor of acting at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts, had the idea of asking if his students could perform on a professional stage. He took his request to Khaled Galal, head of the Ministry of Culture’s Cultural Production Affairs Sector, which resulted in the performance at El-Hanager Arts Centre.
“I wanted to support my students and give them a chance to present the show to a wider audience and gain experience,” Fawzy told Al-Fanar Media.
The show has won more than 25 awards, most notably the 2020 Arab Zaki Talimat Festival organized by Egypt’s Academy of Arts and Oman’s Sohar University Theatre Festival award in 2021. Ahmed Abbas, the show’s protagonist, was also nominated for the Best Actor Award at the Issil Festival in Morocco.
“The show was chosen from 76 student projects at the institute, and implemented with a limited budget of about 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($320),” Fawzy said.
He added that the play had received a warm reception every time it had been staged, which gave the students belief in their talent.
‘How Would You Deal with It?’
The play portrays the psychological conflict confronting the child’s father (played by Mustafa Rushdy) and mother (Sally Saeed). The show ends with the mother dying of grief after the father decides to put the boy in a care home. However the father changes his mind and begins to react to the child’s feelings rather than his physical disability.