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Photo journal: Iraqi actress's day
Early arrival

The traffic is good today, and Mays arrives early, with half an hour for a cold drink before her colleagues arrive.

The National Theatre is the only functioning theatre in Baghdad at the moment.

Under Saddam Hussein there were 15, Mays says. Actorsí salaries were low and plays were censored, but theatre provided some light relief from the difficulties of living under sanctions, she adds.

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