Happy Birthday Christopher Hampton!
Christopher Hampton (born 1946, British playwright, screenwriter, and translator) – Art by Yasmina Reza (English translation)
Hampton speaks of his childhood spent in Alexandria, Egypt, and his play White Chameleon, based on those experiences:
They had not foreseen the Suez crisis. There had been trouble in Egypt not long before, during the 1952 revolution. The young Chris had been spat on at school, thumped and called names, such as “filthy English”. As tension mounted in 1956, he was cornered in the school lavatories by an Egyptian boy, but didn’t tell his parents.
Then one day, his father came home from work and said they had to leave Alex immediately. In England, aged 10, he was sent to prep school. “In Egypt I had been too English,” says Hampton. “In England I was quasi-Egyptian”.