The play begins the day of Anbara’s veiling ceremony at the age of ten and ends the day she finally revolts against the veil in 1927 at the age of 30. The play is a historical docu-drama that tackles Anbara’s life and the stages of her maturity. At the young age of 16, Anbara took an active part in establishing one of the first women’s organization in Lebanon and possibly in the Arab World. By the age of 18 she was defying her family by meeting with her fiancé in secret. As an activist, Anbara and her contemporaries realized early on that women must have a role equal to that of men in their nationalist struggle. To play her part, she devoted herself to promoting women’s rights and women’s education.


Anbara was performed for 23 nights from April 14th until May 28th, 2016 at Babel Theatre in Beirut, Lebanon. It was chosen to represent Lebanon at Les Journées de Carthage in Tunis in November 2016. Anbara was also translated into German and presented as a staged reading at the Residenz Theater in Munich at the World Theatre Platform in April 2017.

Aliya Khalidi

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