Egyptian Censors Reject Play Scene on Bush, Bin Laden
The Egyptian censors asked director Galal al Sharqawi to alleviate the severity of the last scene of his new play Shabab Rosh Tahen in which he fantasies a judicial debate between the two foes George Bush and Osama bin Laden. Each of the two presents the viewpoint of his country about September 11 attacks and their consequences at the United Nations.
The censors’ report said that the dialogue contained harsh opinions and viewpoints that are inconsistent with the Egyptian official stance, which counters terrorism with all its forms.
“The scene does not include anything banned by censors or needing any easing because it comes in a fantasy and satire framework that does not side any of the two foes,” Sharqawi told the London based Arabic daily al Sharq al Awsat.
Costarring in the play scripted by Hamdi Nawwar are Salah Abdulla, Dina and Amr Waked and a number of new faces. The play belongs to the Political Cabaret genre, which Sahrqawi has been renowned with. It tackles a number of hot issues including the Arab Israeli conflict, privatization, antiquities smuggling and disputes between the satellite channels.
It is anticipated that the play will be opened next July -- Albawaba.com