See a multi award-winning comedy reimagined in Egyptian colloquial language in Arabic with English subtitles

Every Brilliant Thing, adapted and directed by Ahmed El Attar, is a play about all the things worth living for, in an hour of life and humor that talks about mental health. The play features Nanda Mohamed, seated alone on an empty stage with only a minimal set, accessories, and music. She has the challenging task of balancing the storyline with the energies of the audience, who are invited to participate and even improvise during the show. The play is performed in Arabic with simultaneous English translations, allowing for a unique experience from show to show.

Originally published in the UK in 2013, Every Brilliant Thing, written by Duncan Macmillan, became an international sensation. It was translated into Arabic by Ahmed El Attar, as part of a bigger project: Theatre in translation – Contemporary European theater in Arabic which aims at translating a total of 24 contemporary plays by European playwrights to Arabic.

The performance on May 1st is followed by a post show Q&A with the artists, moderated by Abhishek Mujamdar, Program Head, Theater; Associate Arts Professor of Theater at NYU Abu Dhabi.


Ahmed El Attar (Director and Playwright)

Ahmed El Attar is a theatre director and playwright. He is the founder and artistic director of the Temple Independent Theatre Company; founder of Orient Productions for Film and Theatre; and founder and General Manager of Studio Emad Eddin Foundation that provides rehearsal, residency and training space to performing artists in Cairo. His works, which address socially relevant themes, have been performed to critical acclaim throughout the Arab world and internationally. El Attar earned a BA in Theatre from the American University in Cairo (1992) and an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle (2001), and was a Chevening scholar on the Clore Leadership Programme, UK (2009).

He was born in 1969 in Cairo, where he continues to live and work.

Nanda Mohammad

Graduate of the Higher Institute of the Dramatic Arts in Damascus-acting, 2001. Since then, Syrian actress Nanda Mohammad worked in Syria with a large number of Syrian theater directors, mainly with Naila Al-Atrash and Omar Abu Saada. Though deeply involved in the Syrian contemporary theater scene as an actress, but also as a theater pedagogue, Nanda Mohammad is regularly casted by regional and international theater directors, such as Tim Supple (UK), Jean-Michel Pesenti (France), Nullo Facchini (Danmark), Ariane Mnouchkine (France), Khaled Al-Tarefi (Jordan/Palestine), Catherine Schaub Abkarian (France), Laila Soliman (Egypt), Henri Jules Julien (France), Ahmed El Attar (Egypt), Pascal Rambert (France), and Daniel San Pedro (France) among others.

She performed in many prestigious international festivals and theaters such as: Festival d’Avignon, Edinburgh International Festival, Festival d’Automne, LIFT festival, Lincoln Center, World Theater Festival Shizuoka, Onassis Cultural Center, Zurich Theater Spektakel, Perform Sharjah, Festival Les rRencontres à L’échelle, Kennedy Center, Theater de Vidy, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, La batie, Schaubuehne Theatre, Teatro Arena del Sole, Napoli Teatro festival, Bozar, Ozasia festival, DCAF, Dramaten, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Adelaide Festival, MC93 Bobigny, Schlachthaus Theater, Singapore International Festival of Arts, Wiener Festwochen, Festival Les Vagamondes, Sharjah Biennale , Seoul Bo:m International Festival, among many other important festivals and theaters.

She has also worked as a voice and acting coach in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Switzerland, and Italy since 2004. Besides theater, she has also pursued a career in cinema and television. She has been based in Egypt since 2012 and works regularly with the Egyptian director Ahmed El Attar in addition to acting in various international performances. In 2020, she was awarded the French National Order of Merit for Arts and Letters, Knight Degree.