Taking the title of his play from Mark Anthony’s famous oration over the dead body of Julius Caesar in Shakespeare’s play, Cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war, American playwright, Tom Coash has written a play of extraordinary power.
Set in present day Cairo, Egypt, CRY HAVOC explores the troubled relationship between the western world and the Islamic Middle East. Cultural imperialism, religious fundamentalism, political repression and personal sexuality are deftly unfolded in this tender and shocking play about the dissolution of the loving relationship between British expatriate writer, Nicholas Field and his young Egyptian lover, Mohammed Al-Masri. Coash writes with an exquisite sense of irony which provides real wit and comedy in the play as he brings the lovers to confront their convictions and obsessions and also a repressive government and their own identities.
Starring Cameron Robertson as Mohammed, David Viviers as Nicholas and with Anthea Thompson as a British embassy official, Ms Nevers, this production for the Rosebank Theatre is directed by Roy Sargeant. The play runs from 12 August to 05 September, booking at www.webtickets.co.za, R120 and R60 for students and pensioners, Wednesdays to Saturdays at 19.00.There will be a matinee on Saturday 22 August at 15:00.