'M A Haridy' Egyptian Australian writer and theatre director, born in Cairo, Egypt. Now, he lives with his family in Melbourne, Australia. He is the executive editor, ‘ETO’ The International Experimental Theatre Organisation.
He had several published plays in Arabic, his play ‘Che Guevara ... One and All' ‘Preformed and produced in several countries. He directed several plays for the theatre in the United Kingdom and Egypt.
He was the first to introduce the modern American Theatre to Egypt. His production of Edward Albee play the ‘Everything in the Garden’ for the Egyptian theatre early 1970, won the acclaim and recorded by the Egyptian, TV and broadcasted through Middle-East.
He started his career as a journalist, worked for the leading two newspapers in Egypt. First 'El-Akhbar', as a police reporter, moved to become a roving reporter covering the nine uppers of Egypt governorates from Cairo to Aswan at the border with Sudan.
Then as an investigative and roving reporter for North Africa and middle-East working for ‘El Ahram’ the largest newspaper in Middle-East. He was the first to report about the Libyan revolution and had the first interview with Muammar el-Gaddafi and continued to work as a roving reporter in the Middle-East.
Arrested while he was visiting Libya for his writing about Gaddafi. Released after an international campaign led by Amnesty International.
After the success of his play 'Guevara', he offered a scholarship to study theatre directorship in London, UK. After finishing his course, he joined TAT, Triple Action Theatre in London, and worked with Steven Rumbelow as assistant director and associate director in many productions such as; Faustus, Julius Caesar, Oedipus, Hamlet, Everyman, The Deformed Transformed, and many other. His production of Bertolt Brecht's 'The Baby Elephant', at London, won the acclaim. He returned to Egypt to work in the theatre, during which he directed Edward Albee play the ‘Everything in the Garden’.
Later, he left Egypt and settled in Melbourne Australia. Now, he is a freelance writer and the executive editor for ‘ETO’ The International Experimental Theatre Organisation. His ‘Theatre TODAY’ book, published 2013. An updated version, covering theatre up to 2017, published Dec. 2017, is the latest of his writing on theatre.
His English novel ‘FAITH'; the first in his trilogy, about Egypt and the Arab Spring ‘EL BAB’; will be published next year.