Adrift on the Nile

Adrift on the Nile

Based on the novel by Naguib Mahfouz. Egypt, 2007. A group of secular friends get together every night on a Nile River houseboat to get really baked and flip the bird at a crazy, fucked-up world. When a devout young journalist invades the group, however, the Cairo houseboat starts to feel like it’s been transplanted to flood-ravaged New Orleans.

Winner of the 2007 Alcan Performing Arts Award for Theatre. Co-commissioned by the Magnetic North Festival. Developed in partnership with the Playwrights Theatre Centre and dramaturge Martin Kinch.


Magnetic North Festival
Premiered 2006


Created by Marcus Youssef with Camyar Chai
Directed by Camyar Chai
Performed by Kathleen Duborg, Alex Lazaridis Ferguson, James Long, Bill Marchant, Tom McBeath, Tom Pickett, Laara Sadiq, and Maiko Bae Yamamoto
Set and Props Rob Lewis
Lighting Design Jonathan Ryder
Costume Design Francesca Granzini
Projections Tim Matheson
Live accompaniment Sam Shalabi
Cultural and Translation Consultation Liliane Karnouk
Stage Management Anne Taylor with Danielle Fecko
Production Assistant
Sumayya Kassamali

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