Plays by Awatif Naeem

Me, Torture, and Your Love  

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

The two characters, one wealthy and one poor before the new order are now reduced to a common plight, find hope in their desperate situation by recognising their common roots in their suffering country.

Awatif Naeem is an award-winning TV and theatre actress, director, playwright, and critic, whose work has been presented locally and internationally. She was born in Baghdad in 1950 and has a PhD in Directing from the College of Fine Arts in Baghdad. She is the Director and Founder of the Children's Theatre of Baghdad, a cofounder in 1994 of the Theatre Critics' Association (which represents all theatre critics in Iraq), and the Vice-President of the Iraqi Union of Artists. She has written and directed more than 30 plays for the National Theatre Troupe and has represented Iraqi theatre at many international festivals. Her work as a playwright includes Sorry Sir, I Didn't Mean That (A'tathir Ustadi, lam Aqsud thalik; Tunisia, 2003) and Oh My Son, Mutar! (Mutar Yuma; Iraq, 1989), and she directed the play Lorca's Women (Nisaa Lorca) in Iraq in 2006. She wrote and directed House of Sorrows (Bait al-Ahzan; Jordan, 1997) and Hardy Clay Stones (Hajar al-Sijeel; Iraq, 2000). She has written the following TV dramas: Me, Her, and Him (Ana wa hiya wa hua), Above the Clouds (Fawq al-Sahab), Eyes of Fear (Oyoon al-Khawf), and Hearts Inhabited by Love (Qiloob Taskunuha al-Mahaba). She appeared as an actress in the films Borders in Flames (Al-hudood al-Multahiba; 1984) and Another Day (Yawm Akhir; 1977).