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Tayeb Saddiki

Moroccan writer

Tayeb Saddiki is ...


Born 5 January 1939 in Essaouira
Died 5 February 2016 in Casablanca
Age 77 years, 1 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship Morocco
Occupation calligrapher, writer, theatre director, stage actor and playwright
Awards Officier des Arts et des Lettres‎

About Tayeb Saddiki

Tayeb Saddiki: The Moroccan Writer Who Brought Theatre to the Masses

Tayeb Saddiki was a Moroccan writer, playwright, and director who revolutionized Moroccan theatre. Born on January 5, 1939, in Fez, Morocco, Saddiki grew up in a traditional family and was exposed to the rich cultural heritage of his country from a young age. He was particularly drawn to the art of storytelling and began writing plays at the age of 16.

Saddiki's plays were groundbreaking in their use of Moroccan dialects and their focus on the lives of ordinary Moroccans. He was a pioneer in bringing theatre to the masses, staging his plays in public squares and markets, rather than in traditional theatres. His work was deeply rooted in Moroccan culture and history, and he used theatre as a means of exploring and celebrating his country's identity.

Saddiki's most famous play, "The Road to Mecca," was first performed in 1963 and has since been translated into several languages. The play tells the story of a young Moroccan man who travels to Mecca on a pilgrimage and experiences a spiritual awakening. It is a powerful exploration of faith, identity, and the search for meaning in life.

In addition to his work as a playwright, Saddiki was also a respected director and actor. He founded the National Theatre Company of Morocco in 1972 and served as its director for many years. He also acted in several films, including "The Battle of Algiers" and "The Message."

Saddiki's contributions to Moroccan theatre were recognized with numerous awards and honors, including the Grand Prix du Théâtre de l'Afrique Noire in 1972 and the Moroccan Order of Merit in 1995. He continued to write and direct plays until his death in 2016.

Tayeb Saddiki was a visionary artist who used theatre to explore and celebrate Moroccan culture and identity. His work has had a profound impact on Moroccan theatre and continues to inspire artists around the world.


- "Tayeb Saddiki: The Moroccan Theatre Pioneer Who Brought the Stage to the People." Morocco World News, 6 Jan. 2019,

- "Tayeb Saddiki: The Moroccan Playwright Who Brought Theatre to the People." The

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