The Bread We Break attempts to piece together fragments from an untold history.
This is a story about bread.
Except it’s not really a story, it’s a mixture of accidents, discoveries and movements, fermented over time.
And bread is just the beginning…
Drawing on her Egyptian heritage, Miray Sidhom explores Egypt’s suppressed history of political uprising in THE BREAD WE BREAK. Weaving together memories of a childhood in Cairo, frank conversations with her mother, and archive footage, she questions bread’s cultural symbolism and fermentation as a metaphor for social change.
A decade on from the Arab Spring, Miray traces the origins of uprisings to the first workers strike in the Pharonic era. THE BREAD WE BREAK attempts to piece together fragments from an untold history, to knead the past into the present, to feed the future. Oscillating between personal & political, Miray reconciles and celebrates her Middle Eastern heritage; exposing the way everyday aspects of our lives can be politicised and controlled, and asks what are we driven to do when our fundamental rights are threatened?
Miray is an emerging theatre practitioner, combining elements of film, soundscapes, poetry, and movement to create experimental and thought-provoking performances which deconstruct a concept through form. She’s been part of Contact Young Company, including as Assistant Artist for Baby Fever. Independently, she created If I Knew it was Harmless I would’ve Killed it Myself (GM Fringe 2017). Miray has recently graduated with an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and is one-sixth of ClusterFlux Collective.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
This work was commissioned by Contact.
On Friday 25 March, there will be a free post-show discussion chaired by Pelin Başaran, with Miray, Dramaturg/ Director Alix Harris, and Dr Dalia Mosfata (Senior Lecturer in Arab Cultural Studies at Manchester University). Together the panel will discuss the themes presented in the show, and take questions from the audience.
Writer and Performer: Miray Sidhom
Dramaturg/ Director: Alix Harris
Movement Director: Mele Broomes
Producer: Roxy Moores
Production Designer: Sascha Gilmour
Projection Designer: Tracey Gibbs
Composer: Shaun Fairweather
Lighting Designer: Simon Alford
Musician: Medhat Elmasry, The Nile Band
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On Tues 29 March, the show will be captioned.
On Weds 30 March the show will be BSL interpreted by Sumayya Si-Tayeb.
Allergen warning: please note there will be loose wheat as part of the set in The Bread We Break. There is evidence that the presence of loose wheat can cause reactions/ illness with people who are celiac.
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