IN VIDEO: Special interview with a member of an Egyptian troop which called "Red Tomato" during the festival of Carthage Theater Days from October 16th to 24th.
Red Tomato was founded in Cairo 2011, by four actors / street performers that had met and developed a vision
through a joint project with Clowns Without Borders, France.
Since founding the troupe, it has created four Street Clown performances that have been toured all over Egypt,
in remote towns and villages, and also in several theatre and circus festivals in the main cities of Cairo and
Apart from Clowning, Red Tomato has a highly diversified Applied Theatre programme. The troupe has created
several community based theatre plays, with varying social groups. The most important production was "Going
to the Neighbours' House", created with a cast of Egyptian actors and Refugees from Arab and African countries.
The play was toured between 2011-2015.
Mission: Red Tomato believes that creativity, play and art is a basic Human Right. The troupe aims at providing
cultural activities and events in locations deprived of the arts, emphasizing taking our work to neighbourhoods
and villages far from the city culture spaces. We also actively promote drama based pedagogic programmes, as
a participatory and empowering vehicle to learning and dialogue.
Values: The slogan of Red Tomato is "To have fun is our serious business"
Based on this slogan, we work hard to bring fun and interactive activities - as performance or education - to as
many communities as possible.
Composition of the circus team and short biography of each participant:
1) Hany Taher:
Cairo based actor, director and drama trainer.
After graduating from the Drama Institute of Alexandria University in 2005, he has built
an extensive performance experience, both in classical theatre and street performance,
as well as video and cinema.
In 2010 he co-founded Red Tomato troupe and has since been performing on the streets
and public spaces, children’s prisons and other institutions for children in danger.
He currently develops clown work with Red Tomato, apart from facilitating theatre
workshops with diverse groups: theatre actors; psychiatrists and social workers; street
children & child prisoners; refugees.
2) Jakob Lindfors:
Actor, drama pedagogue, constructor
Born in Sweden, he arrived in Cairo, Egypt, 1999 after a decade of Humanities studies
and travel trough different continents. By 2001 he took part in forming a Puppetry
company in Cairo. In 2010 he co-founded the Red Tomato clowning and social theatre
company. Lindfors takes special interest in the power of theatre to inspire personal and
social change, both as performance and practice.
3) Noha Khattab:
Performing artist, Social researcher
As a student of Sociology and Cultural Anthropology at The American University in
Cairo, Khattab found an interdisciplinary place to explore her passion for performing arts
and social research in Red Tomato. In 2013 she conducted her MA ethnographic field
work through her experience as a performer with the troupe. Since then, as a member of
the group, she continues exploring further possibilities and dynamics through clowning
and social theater.
4) Aly Sobhy:
Egyptian actor and a founding member of Hala Street Theatre Troupe (2001-2010).
Street theatre is one of Sobhy’s artistic priorities, a development taking shape over the
years through working with his troupe and independently through international and local
workshops. After becoming an established street and classical theatre actor, he cofounded
the Egypt’s first Clowning and Social Theatre Troupe: Red Tomato. He now
works as a professional actor in both theatre and cinema.
5) Ophelie Mercier:
Political science major - Clown
While working as a psycho-social worker with refugees in Egypt in 2010, she witnessed
the process of creation of a community theatre play, Red Tomato was launching with
refugees. Inspired by the initiative she founded a similar project in France, entitled
Migr'en Coulisses, portraying living conditions of migrants. Strongly believing in the role
of theatre to carry a political message, she undertook her masters’ thesis on theatre as a
means of resistance, focusing her research on The Freedom Theatre in Palestine. After
graduating from Political Science, she came back to Egypt in 2013 and joined Red
Tomato's clown laboratory. Endorsing the troupe's vision of social theatre for change,
she became an active member of the troupe in January 2014. Since then, she is part of
the clown troupe as well as contributing to the management of the troupe.
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