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.

Joint 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.

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?

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.


Old Vic | 24 Feb – 4 Mar 2023

Royal Lyceum | 7 – 18 Mar 2023

Orange Tree | 27 Mar – 22 Apr 2023