The Gates
of Egypt

By Stephen Sewell Director Kate Gaul

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 07 Feb – 11 Mar 2007

    Clarice has recently buried her husband, and the one thing she wants to do in her widowhood is visit Egypt. Her daughter is appalled and her son-in-law is scathing, but as the violence in the Middle East escalates, Clarice might just find what she wants most of all amongst the ruins of ancient Egypt.

    Written in the heat of the latest Israel-Lebanon conflict, The Gates of Egypt is Stephen Sewell’s impassioned examination of peace and vengeance. Part satire, part elegy, it cuts between suburban Australia and the muezzin calls of the Middle East. While Clarice travels back to the cradle of history, at home her children struggle with their own ability to love and forgive.

    The Gates of Egypt is a determined search for a way out of the mire of attack and counter-attack. Kate Gaul returned to Belvoir to direct the great Lynette Curran in this provocative and hopeful new play which slips love into the complex equation of global fear and offers the proposition that peace begins at home.


    By Stephen Sewell
    Director Kate Gaul
    Set Designer Brian Thompson
    Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin
    Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
    Composer Daryl Wallis
    Sound Designer Jeremy Silver
    Dialect Coach Carmen Lysiak
    Fight Director Olivia Stambouliah
    Choreographer Raymond Mather
    Production Manager Liam Fraser


    Lynette Curran
    Michael Denkha
    Russell Kiefel
    Jacqueline Linke
    Anna Lise Phillips
    Damian Rice
    Indyana Schneider
    Hazem Shammas
    Shakira Wilson

    Production images by Heidrun Lohr


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