The festival took place in Alexandria between 22 and 26 August 2021.
During the official closing ceremony that took place at the Anfoushi Cultural Palace Theatre, the Theatre Without Fund Festival closed its 11th edition (22-26 August) by announcing the winners.
Performances from Egypt, Oman and Spain scooped the majority of awards.
Egyptian plays The Witness and The Wanderer took a significant share of major awards with the first one winning best creative solutions, best scenography and the latter scooping second prize for the best play and best actor in supporting role awards, among other wins.
Oman’s production Henna Pounder won best play, best director and best costumes alongside numerous other wins.
Spanish production Clowns garnered a total of five awards including best actress in leading role, best music and best light design.
The winners are as follows:
Creative Solutions Award
First prize: The Witness (Egypt)
Second prize: Clowns (Spain)
First prize: Henna Pounder (Oman)
Second prize: The Wanderer (Egypt)
First prize: Iyad Al-Raymouni (Jordan) for the play The Night of the Singing
Second prize: Ehab Gaber (Egypt) for the play The Witness
First prize: Yousef Al-Balushi for Henna Pounder (Oman)
Second prize: Ehab Gaber for The Witness (Egypt)
Best Actor in Leading Role
First prize: Mohamed Al-Titi for Sharshuh (Palestine)
Second prize: Ahmed Askar for The Witness (Egypt)
Best Actor Award in Supporting Role
First prize: Abdel Rahman Mohamed for The Wanderer (Egypt)
Second prize: Salat El Siyabi for Henna Pounder (Oman)
Best Actress in Leading Role
First prize: Elizabeth Quevedo for Clowns (Spain)
Second prize: Leqa Al-Serafi for The Wanderer (Egypt)
Best Actor Award in Supporting Role
First prize: Jana Salah for The Rose and the Crown (Egypt)
Second prize: Sela Conde for Clowns (Spain)
First prize: Tariq Kaufan for Henna Pounder (Oman)
Second prize: Amira Saber for The Wanderer (Egypt)
First prize: Fatima Al-Jishi for Dance of Death (Saudi Arabia)
Second prize: Lamia for The Rose and the Crown (Egypt)
First prize: Mattia Rosso for Clowns
Second prize: Youssef Al-Harthy for Henna Pounder (Oman)
Best Light Design
First prize: Eric Robo for The Clowns (Spain)
Second prize: Mohamed Jamil for Dance of Death (Saudi Arabia)
First prize: Donia Aziz for The Witness (Egypt)
Second prize: Youmna Al-Nashar for The Wanderer (Egypt)
The Theatre Without Fund Festival was founded by Gamal Yakout, president of the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre’s 28th edition (14 and 19 December 2021). Yakout also presided over the TWFF, and stepped back from this role this year, passing the torch to the festival’s artistic director Ibrahim Al-Forn.
The festival was held on the stages of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina under the auspices of its Arts Centre, as well as at the Lycée El-Horreya theater, the headquarters of the Alexandria Theater Troupe and the Anfoushi Culture Palace Theater.
The festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture with logistical support extended by its numerous affiliates – the General Authority for the Cultural Palaces, the Artistic House of Theater, the Cultural Production Affairs Sector – in addition to Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
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