Edinburgh Festival Fringe presents Yemeni play


DUBAI: Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe this week presented a Yemeni play titled “Saber Came to Tea” to give visitors a taste of the Middle East.

The short play, based on a true story, follows a young couple who stand against the constraining social norms of their families and risk their lives to be together.

The play, which features musical and multimedia elements, is by award-winning Yemeni artist Shatha Altowai and her composer husband Saber Bamatraf.

The couple worked with Palestinian poet Ghazi Hussein and writer and director Robert Rae on the narrative.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe kicked off on Aug. 5 and will run until Aug. 29.

This year’s event returned in full capacity after it was canceled in 2020 and was reduced in size in 2021.