Written by Ahlam

A Paines Plough, The Women’s Prize for Playwriting, 45North, The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and The Orange Tree Theatre production, in association with Bristol Old Vic.

Directed by Katie Posner

Design Sara Perks

Lighting Design Aideen Malone

Composer Kareem Samara

Sound Design Adam P McCready

Movement Direction Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster

Casting Director Jacob Sparrow

Assistant Director Riwa Saab

Intimacy Director Robbie Taylor Hunt

Production Manager Ryan Funnell

Company Stage Manager Lois Sime

Assistant Stage Manager Charlotte Smith-Barker

Technical Stage Manager Simon Perkins

Lighting Programmer (Bristol Old Vic) / Relighter (Edinburgh Lyceum) Matthew Carnazza

Costume Supervisor Manuela Fleming

“Only Cairo, eh?…

“Only Cairo will push you to your absolute limits and then suddenly… you’re in love. You’re in love and you’re entangled and stuck. How does this city do that?”

This story is about a city. A city of exhaust fumes, drunken phone calls, first kisses, hysteria, sweat and laughter. Cairo.

Coming of age in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, six young Egyptians navigate friendship, loss and secret Grindr dates in the city that made them.

Winner of The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020, You Bury Me is an explosive, political debut from Ahlam about a generation emerging from a national trauma, determined to live and love freely.


Olivier Award for Outstanding achievement in affiliate theatre

Isley Lynn won the Charles Wintour award for Most Promising Playwright, Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2023

‘It’s a call to arms that adamantly insists on hope.’

The Stage

‘Directed with exquisite fast-moving fluidity’

The Scotsman

‘Bravura one-woman show is a knock-out’

Evening Standard

'dynamic, fast paced and witty writing’

All That Dazzles

‘A wonderful cast’

Everything Theatre

‘an urgent and powerful love letter to Cairo ’

The Reviews Hub

‘Katie Posner directs six stellar performances in Ahlam’s layered, charged, and electrifying debut’

Lost in Theatreland

‘Posner’s cast shine’

The Herald Scotland

Presented at:

24 Feb – 4 Mar 2023 Bristol Old Vic 

7 – 18 Mar 2023 The Royal Lyceum Theatre

27 Mar – 22 Apr 2023 The Orange Tree Theatre