The world premiere of the production will take place at the Royal Court Theatre from the 10th October.

The Royal Court Theatre have announced casting for the upcoming world premiere of A History of Water in the Middle East, written by Sabrina Mahfouz and directed by Stef O’Driscoll.

Laura Hanna and David Mumeni have been cast in the production alongside musician Kareem Samara and writer Sabrina Mahfouz, playing at the Royal Court Theatre from the 10th October until the 16th November.

British-Egyptian Sabrina Mahfouz grew up with ambitions of being a spy. She has two passports, speaks two languages and has a cultural understanding of two very different countries. But when it came to applying for MI6, it turned out she wasn’t quite British enough.

So now she’s on her own intelligence mission – to explore who really holds the power in and over the Middle East. In a world long obsessed with access to oil, will water soon become the natural resource that dictates control, or has it been all along?

Combining theatre, poetry and music, A History of Water brings together stories of women across the continent. The play reveals how from the British Imperialist ownership of natural resources, to the environmental urgency of the present, water has shaped lives, policies and fortunes – and it will shape all of our futures.

A History of Water will play at the Royal Court Theatre from the 10th October until the 16th November.