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Feeling lost and don't know what all of this is about?

First Draft explores a fast-paced world in contrast to a future world that exists in a protection unit far away from the Earth’s surface.  

Inspired by conversations about war and E.M. Forster’s The Machine Stops, First Draft is an eclectic play of many voices, taking us on a journey from a morning bicycle ride to a protection unit after an environmental disaster. 

Six actors, playing over ten characters, take the audience through a multitude of situations; from a cocktail bar playing Miles Davis to a memory laboratory in the future. A satirical statement against apathy that exists in our society, First Draft playfully jostles us to wake up.

First Draft began out of questioning the necessity of war. It has now grown through it’s rework into a satirical play of many voices, jumping from present to future and journeying through big questions like – can politicians be honest? Or is war truly a means for peace? As I consistently watch in the media: a world of violence seems more and more . This play speaks against this reality and tries to open our hearts and minds to another world and the possibilities for peace.

The play is visceral and image based, and the music has a strong presence throughout. You can expect to see a bicycle ride to a date in a jazz bar to a mother speaking about her lost son and a story about a student who attempts to reach the forgotten sky.

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and the human stupidity. "

As Einstein once said. Today we live under the threat of a Third World War due to greed and endless hunger for power and dominion and the notion of peace has become an illusion in this era.

Studio ZAT and open heart surgery teams share the same vision about the world we live in today, and through first draft here in Cairo, we are sending hopefully a wake up call to the world.

Together we are writing our first draft of peace.

What does the project involve

We will be touring the play, First Draft from Europe to Cairo, Egypt in November 2016 as a cultural exchange between Canadian, European and Egyptian artists. First Draft is an original play written by Coleen MacPherson and directed by Sarah Warren. ZAT Studios in Cairo, Egypt will be producing the show and we will perform 4 nights at Falaki Theatre and 3 nights at the French Cultural Centre. This work will involve integrating Egyptian actors into the play and re-imagining the play in the context of the Arab world. We will be working towards a multi-lingual play, where the piece blends English and Arabic. We will have a two week rehearsal phase leading up to opening. Coleen MacPherson has trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, will also be teaching a workshop on Devised Theatre during our time in Cairo. This will be a unique opportunity for the Egyptian artists at ZAT Studios and marks the beginning of developing a learning exchange between Europe and Cairo.

Expected outcomes of the travel

we will have the opportunity to: 

* Create an original Arabic-English version of the play

* Opportunity to collaborate with Egyptian artists, develop a relationship with a company abroad, which will lead to further opportunities for collaboration.

 * continue to exchange ideas about the theatrical process & physical theatre in a new context with a new audience. 

* Begin to develop a system of exchanging artistic ideas and resources, bringing workshops to ZAT Studio will fulfill their mandate for offering international workshops to local artists. 

* Emerging theatre company, Open Heart Surgery Theatre will present work for the first time in Cairo, developing the beginning of a body of inter-cultural work.

 * Touring the work in the future to neighboring countries We will continue collaborating by offering future workshops to ZAT Studio in Theatre and Film, with the goal of developing a system of exchange between our two companies

Written by Coleen MacPherson, directed by Sarah Warren, First Draft should be presented by Egyptian Actors in Cairo - Egypt on November 24-25,26, 2016 at Falaki Theatre and November 27-28th at the French Cultural Institute in Cairo, a co-production with ZAT Studios

We are collecting fund in order to cover travel and accommodation cost of the writer and director, Cost for : crew salary , lighting and sound equipment rental,  rehearsal spending.

Date : 

November 24-26, 2016 at Falaki Theatre and November 28-29th at the French Cultural Institute in Cairo, Egypt


Sarah Warren 

Sarah Warren is a Canadian director, writer and actor.  

Her debut feature film, the comedy spy caper, MLE (My Little Eye), premiered at LOCO London Comedy Film Festival at the acclaimed BFI, where it won the Special Commendation Discovery Award. This film featured an ensemble cast including Oscar winning directors Paul Haggis and Mike Figgis.  

Sarah's student feature film, Moments Before, premiered at festivals in LA and Toronto. Her films have shown at Cannes International Film Festival, Krakow and Toronto International Film Festival to name a few. Her short, Guilt Or, went on to show theatrically before Polanski’s Carnage. Sarah studied at the University of Toronto where she was selected to work with Atom Egoyan on a one-year interdisciplinary art course, where she began making films. Egoyan especially championed her comedic voice.  

As an actor, Sarah is premiering in the upcoming feature film, A Dozen's Summers. As a theatre director, she most recently remounted the award winning play, First Draft, at Camden People’s Theatre and Mimetic Festival at the Vaults. Sarah also works as a film tutor at 5 universities in London England, as well as teaching international Masterclasses most recently in Egypt, Canada, Malaysia and the U.S. This lecturing and Module Leading has led her to write her first academic book, Listen, for On Camera Acting.


Coleen MacPherson

Coleen is a writer, director and actor. She studied at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and was part of the school’s first writer’s program where she mentored with French playwright, Michal Azama.  She has worked with companies such as:  Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Necessary Angel, Bad New Days and Why Not Theatre, while also being a core member of UK based international touring theatre company, Wet Picnic, touring shows across the UK and France.  Her most recent written work, First Draft, was performed at the Camden People’s Theatre (Camden Fringe) and the Mimetic Festival (The Vaults) in London, UK.    Coleen co- translated of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s ‘Pylade’ with Adam Paolozza, which was performed by the Great Jones Repertory Company at La Mama Off-Broadway in 2015 and is currently touring across Europe. 

 Coleen is currently directing This is Why We live … which premiered at Plateau 31 in Paris, France and will be further developed in Toronto.  She was an artist in residence at Old Vic New Voices in London, UK and also at Théâtre de L'Enfumeraie in Le Mans, France to develop this work.  Her work also engages with non-conventional sound installation work, and founded The Pocketology Collective with Chicago-based visual artist, Rachel Ellison.  Their sound installation projects have taken place in pockets across Toronto, London and Chicago and have been featured on CBC and BBC. 

Coleen teaches playwriting and movement-based theatre creation in Canada, France and the UK.    She played Anais Nin in the Asia tour of Artaud:  Un Portrait en Décomposition (TheatreRUN / International Theater Festival in Shangai, China and Summerworks Theatre Festival), Nuit Blanche Toronto via skype from Paris in Tell Your Story (Theatre Local) with si vous étiez là oû seriez vous?  


Shady Khalaf 

 A thriving Actor and Acting Coach, Shady Khalaf performed in more than 25 films, plays and TV series. He received the Best Actor Award twice at Alexandria International Film Festival for his role in Stolen Kisses (Qobolat Masroka) in 2008. He participated in the Acting for Film workshop at Met film school in London in 2014. Shady Khalaf is the founder of Studio ZAT.

Khalaf started acting when he was still a student at Faculty of Commerce, English section, at Ain Shams University, where his true passion for acting sparked his interest to pursue a career in acting.

In 2002, he graduated from Studio El Momasel. Afterwards, he worked as an Acting Coach at Studio El Momasel for four years, besides other places where he trained young actors for basic acting skills and improvisation.

Shady took part in several plays and TV series, and he also achieved success in films. Among all, theater became Shady’s favorite medium and he dreams of having a theater of his own where he leads a stage crew. Besides acting, Khalaf is also talented in poetry-writing. Shady also participated in several international workshops, along with international film festivals, where the film When Monaliza Smiled (Lamma Dehket Monaliza) was screened in 2012, including; Venice Film Festival 2008, Dubai International Film Festival 2013, Muscat International Film Festival, Oman 2014, Malmo Arab Film Festival, Sweden 2013, Carthage Film Festival 2012 and Oran Arab Film Festival, Algeria 2013. 

 Ahmed Samy 

A young thriving actor and director, Ahmed Samy started his career as a Team Leader at Cairo University Theatre in 2006, along with other theatres. In 2008, he founded Hussein Mahmoud Theatre Group, which did not stop him from participating in many acting workshops. Samy has also worked as an Assistant Director and a Casting Director for many projects such as the Swedish film Under Pyramiden. As an actor, he landed roles in works, including the film Al Mosafer (The Traveler). Ahmed Samy received several awards for theater directing, including; Cairo University’sBest Stage Director Award in 2011 and the Special Jury Award of 12th Festival de s Jeunes Createurs in 2014, In 2016, Ahmed Samy received the Special Jury Award at Cairo University’s Festival for Long Plays for his play Amadeus which is written by Peter Shafer. He was also selected by the Institut Français d'Egypte (The French institute in Egypt) to attend the Avignon Festival in France in 2014.

Ahmed Achrafi

Since 2011, Ahmed Achrafi worked as a freelance actor and performer in many plays, contemporary dance performances, short films and TV ads. Achrafi has also participated in several acting and performing workshops, including Ahmed Kamal’s Studio El Momasel as well as Studio ZAT. As an Acting Coach, Achrafi conducts acting workshops for both children and adults in many places, such as the AUC’s Summer Session. In addition, he had a two-month internship in Portugal teaching drama for kids and people with special needs.He was part of many theater performances, such as the interactive theatre performance Taxi for khaled el Khamisi, and the contemporary dance performance Everyone is Sneakingly Avoiding the Blue Lighter in 2012. He has also been part of several plays, including Tholathi (2014) and El Wafed (2015), which were part of the last two editions of 2B Continued Lab and Festival at the AUC Falaki theatre. lately, Achrafi took part at D-CAF (Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival) with the contemporary theatre performance; Zyarat Manzleya (Home Visit), directed by the German Rimini Protokoll.

Passant Bassem

Passant  has a Bachelor Degree in Human Resources Management from the British University in Egypt. She has worked as a teaching assistant in BUE for four years; and has earned her Master's degree in Public Administration from the American University in Cairo. She is currently working as a psychometrician in ASSESS Talent Management. Passant is enrolled in the Actors' Preparation programme in studio ZAT with the acting coach Shady Khalaf where she also took vocalise classes with Mohamed Osman and dancing classes with Mohamed Shafik.

 Salma Maher

Salma Maher, a 21 year old student in mass communication major broadcasting in MSA university. In the college, salma has made projects that includes presenting ,editing directing programs, reports, and documentaries. She first joined an advertisment campaign for Freska biscuits in 2014 then joined acting workshops with Shady Khalaf, Ahmed Kamal, Ahmed Mokhtar, and took vocalise workshop with Mohamed Osman, and dancing workshop for actors with Mohamed Shafik. During the two years of studying acting she joined in 2 short movies and a Theatrical play called Forsa directed by Hany Taher, besides the scenes made in studio Zat.

Noha Elkholy

Man, Woman (flashback), Mother
Noha graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, Computer Science Department in Alexandria in 1985. She took Theatre and Film courses at the American University in Cairo and acting workshops with Sarah Warren at Studio Zat. She acted in several plays: ” Guys and Dolls”, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”, “Tragedy a Tragedy” and “True West” produced by AUC, in addition to “Ruined”  produced by Heya and “To Kill a Mockingbird” produced by The Helen O’Grady Drama School. Noha also acted in “Asham” a feature film directed by Maggie Morgan and in three short films “Fe makanha” directed by Maggie Morgan, “El Bostan ElSaeed Street” directed by Maysoon ElMasry, and “Nahar Kharegy” directed by Ahmed El-Shamaa.

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Amr samir

Amr Samir Abdel-Shakour, 28 years old actor and theatrical director, and directing assistant. He has a bachelor degree from Cairo University in accounting in 2013. During the college years he joines plays and recieved the best director award in 2012. He directed three plays and worked as assistant director in other 5 plays. He acted in more than 20 plays and a short movie. He has also worked as an assistant casting director for Egyptian movies.

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