All Female Theatre Troupes in 1910s Cairo

On 22nd April 1910 in Cairo, 6 women came together for an unprecedented performance at the Egyptian Theatre: an all-female performance of a play called “The Passion of Kings” (Gharam al-Muluk). On 4th May a critic in the newspaper al-Mahrusa wrote a long note on the event, describing his reaction. Reading through Ramses Awad’s 1979 book…

Eric de Nemès: a Hungarian Illustrator in Cairo

I first came across Eric de Nemes as a bit part player in the Egyptian Surrealist movement in the 1940s through Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath’s exhibition on the Art and Freedom Group( I got this photo from the catalogue). Nemes, they said, was the group’s most prolific book illustrator, though little was known about…

Archives of a Cairo Policeman: Bimbashi McPherson

I have been away for a while so not able to update the blog. I have more substantial things coming up but right now I am going to take the chance to tell everyone about an amazing archive I just consulted in the Bristol Records Office. It belongs to a man called J.W. McPherson. He…