★★★★★ “A riveting theatrical spectacle.” All Edinburgh Theatre

★★★★★ “Brimming with humour…vibrant and life-affirming” Bristol 24/7

★★★★★ “Stays with you long after you leave the theatre” North West End

★★★★★ “Has the whole house giggling” Morning Star

★★★★ “Gifted young cast” The Observer 

★★★★ “A vital piece of 21st century theatre” The Scotsman

★★★★ “A joy to watch…Posner's cast shine” The Herald

★★★★ “It’s a call to arms that adamantly insists on hope.” The Stage

Only Cairo will push you to your absolute limits and then suddenly…you’re in love. 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.

The smoke of revolution is still in the air, but these six young people have other things in mind. Alia and Tamer must hide their secret love away from the gaze of their families. High schooler Lina contends with the escapades of her rebellious friend, Maya. And struggling to pick up the pieces after the Arab Spring, journalist Osman and dreamer Rafik face the dangers of living as their true selves.

Winner of The Women’s Prize for Playwriting, You Bury Me is written by an anonymous playwright under the alias Ahlam. It is about a generation coming of age after revolution, determined to live and love freely.

Directed by Katie Posner, Joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough. She has most recently directed Hungry (Soho Theatre/Roundabout Edinburgh) and Really Big and Really Loud, Black Love (Co-Director for Roundabout). 

“The unanimous acclaim for You Bury Me from our judging panel was entirely justified – it’s a funny, heartwarming and astutely observed play about youth, love and hope in an oppressive and sometimes dangerous world. I have no doubt that audiences will be deeply moved by Ahlam’s powerful and unsentimental writing.” Ellie Keel, Founder Director of The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 

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




OT On Screen

The play will also be available to watch online from home via OT On Screen. 
Available to stream on demand at a time that suits you anytime between 7.30pm BST on 25 April 2023 and 11.59pm BST on 28 April BOOK HERE 


Image by Rebecca Need-Menear, design by Madeby.DO

Production photos by Pamela Raith

RafikNezar Alderazi
TamerMoe Bar-El
OsmanTarrick Benham
AliaHanna Khogali
LinaEleanor Nawal
MayaYasemin Özdemir
DirectorKatie Posner
Designer Sara Perks
Lighting DesignerAideen Malone
Sound DesignerAdam P McCready
ComposerKareem Samara
Movement DirectorAnnie-Lunette Deakin-Foster
Intimacy CoordinatorRobbie Taylor Hunt
Costume SupervisorManuela Fleming
Production ManagerRyan Funnell
Technical Stage ManagerSimon Perkins
Company Stage Manager (Paines Plough)Lois Sime
Assistant Stage ManagerCharlotte Smith-Barker
LX ProgrammerMatthew Carnazza
Casting DirectorJacob Sparrow
Assistant DirectorRiwa Saab