Thursday, April 1, 2021, 18:00 EET (GMT +02:00)


Director: Walid Alalphy / Sudan

Actor: Gabriela Baciu

Episode: Day 4. Story 4

about the Director

Walid Alalphy

Walid Alalphy studied drama at the Palace of Youth and Children in Sudan as well as philosophy at the Faculty of Arts, University of Khartoum and he is interested in children’s theater and literature. He also has an interest in searching for theatrical concepts that fit the Sudanese environment and he is a specialist in the field of arts for children affected by war.

He founded the Albasanis Association for Literature and Children’s Arts in 1996 and the Theater Show-making Area.

Walid is also collaborator at the Ahfad University for Women and a number of universities in the field of theater. Also, he has worked with a number of international organizations in Darfur, South Sudan and most areas of Sudan affected by conflicts and poverty such as IRC, War Child and UNICEF. Currently, he works as a UNICEF consultant in the Department of Communication for Development.

Walid Alafee received the Special Recognition Award at the Young Sudanese Theatre Writers; Best Radio Drama Award, for drama Hawagis Tifil  (A Child’s Nightmare) at the Capital of Arabic Culture Festival in Khartoum, Sudan, 2005; Best Theatre Writer Award for the drama Kailek, at Albogaa Festival, Khartoum, Sudan, 2006; Best Theatre Director Award and Best Drama Award for Ahl al-kahf (The People of the Cave) at Albogaa Festival, Khartoum, Sudan, 2008 – 2nd African culture festival: Kailek, 2009 and Roterdam international festival for Theater, 2009, Ahl al-kahf (The People of the Cave).

Walid Alafee is a regular contributor of Drama stories for Sudanese National Radio, from 1996 to present, is a regular contributor of short stories and poems to Alayam, Albayani, and AlSahafa newspapers; 1999 –to present; 

Walid Alafee was a visiting guest to Amsterdam high school of theater, Guest Of honor in Amsterdam festival for school theater, 2010, Guest of honor and announcer for the seminar on “Arab theater, any news”, Alsharga theater days 2014, Guest of honor for Arab theater festival, Morocco 2015.

about the actor

Gabriela Baciu

Gabriela Baciu is one of the most known, beloved and appreciated actresses at  the “Marin Sorescu” National Theater of Craiova.

She is a graduate of the Institute of Theater and Film “I.L. Caragiale” in Bucharest, and she was a student of professor Sanda Manu, class of 1989. She made her debut in professional theater while still being a student, and she has been an actress at the “Marin Sorescu” National Theater of Craiova since 1989.

In 1989 she also made her film debut in Dan Pița’s film, The Last Ball in November, where she played the role of Aglae Argintar. Her performance was greatly appreciated by film critics and she received the Debut Award at the National Film Festival in Costineşti.

She played many memorable roles at the “Marin Sorescu” National Theater of Craiova, such as Beatrice Rasponi in “The Servant of Two Masters” by Carlo Goldoni, directed by Vlad Mugur, Lady Ponza in “Right you are! (If you think so)” by Luigi Pirandello, directed by Vlad Mugur, Madame Lyubov Andreievna Ranevskaya in “The Cherry Orchard” by Anton P. Chekhov, directed by Alexa Visarion, but she also interpreted roles at Silviu Purcărete’s shows: “King Ubu and Scenes from Macbeth”, after A. Jarry and W. Shakespeare, “Phaedra” after Euripides and Seneca, “Oresteia” after Aeschylus.

Under the guidance of László Bocsárdi, she interpreted the role of Caesonia in “Caligula” by Albert Camus, Gizi in “The Toth Family” by István Örkény, and Mrs Sotenville in “George Dandin or The Thwarted Husband” by Molière.

She was part of the cast of several shows, such as “Hamlet” by W. Shakespeare, directed by Tompa Gábor, “Timon of Athenes” by W. Shakespeare, directed by Mihai Măniuţiu (a show that received awards at the Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival), “Ajax. An Essay on Madness” after Sofocles, directed by Mihai Măniuțiu etc.

Under the guidance of Mihai Măniuțiu, she also played at the Bulandra Theater in Bucharest, in the “Zoon Erotikon” show, an adaptation by Mihai Măniuțiu of D. H. Lawrence’s stories.

Throughout her career, Gabriela Baciu took part in dozens of international theater festivals with the National Theater of Craiova group, from the Edinburgh International Festival, to the World Festival of National Theaters in Seoul, the Euro-scene Leipzig Festival, the European Theater Convention in Nice, the Theater without Borders international festival (MEJNIFEST), the Gorizia film festival in Italy, the Lisbon International Film Festival (in the year Lisbon was designated the European Capital of Culture), the Theater der Welt Festival, the München film festival etc.

Gabriela Baciu believes that “acting is a collective profession that is seen as individualistic”. “To me, what really matters in life is purpose, and for that you need a method. And the method (which comes from the word methodos in Ancient Greek) means to go on the path along with it”.

Sudan artists talk