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New Play on Cancer by Abir Hamdar

(21 September 2017)

Dr Abir Hamdar’s play Wasafuli al-Sabr (English title: I am Waiting for You – directed by Lina Abyad) premiered in Beirut, Lebanon in July 2017. Based on Arab women’s testimonies of their cancer experience, the play is part of a larger project on a Cultural History of Cancer in the Arab World which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of their Open World Research Initiative. The play was performed at Madina Theatre, Beirut, to the general public and leading oncologists, NGO foundations and cancer support groups also participated in the nightly post-performance Q and A sessions. Following the public performances, the play was also staged at a leading medical center, LAUMC-Rizk Hospital on 8 August 2017, to doctors, nurses, interns and medical students – thus marking the first occasion upon which Arab adult theater has been performed at a hospital. See further details.