What the dictator did not say (2016)

Text by Mériam Bousselmi

Photo: Thomas Petri

“You are all potential dictators! Get up on a chair and you will experience it! Either you will become the leader or you will serve him!”
— Quote from What the dictator did not say

Despite massive riots and political upheaval in 2011, the concepts of freedom, autonomy and self-determination still cannot be taken for granted in most Arab countries.

Now Holland House stages the Denmark premiere of the play What the Dictator Did Not Say by the young Tunisian writer and lawyer Meriam Bousselmi. In the monologue, the playwright, who herself took part in the revolt, gives voice to a toppled dictator. The result is a captivating, subtly accusing and humorous monologue, in which the author reflects on such themes as manipulation, authority and freedom.
Representing a new Arab generation of artists, Bousselmi succeeds in reintroducing politics into art. With What The Dictator Did Not Say, she helps lend the concept of political art renewed relevance and importance.


Interview with director jacob F. Schokking and playwright Mériam Bousselmi


Staging/set design: Jacob F. Schokking

Text: Meriam Bousselmi

Cast: Joen Bille

Translation: Per Aage Brandt

Music: Gert Sørensen

Sound design: Troels Bech

Lightning design: Malthe Hauge

WHAT THE DICTATOR DID NOT SAY is supported by Danish Arts Foundation, Oticon Foundation, Wilhelm Hansen Foundation, Beckett-Foundation, Toyota Foundation, Municipality of Copenhagen.