Dancing to the Blast

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Mon 16 July at 7:30pm

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Presented by Palindrome Productions

Following their sell-out show Sahar Speaks: Voices of Women in Afghanistan, Palindrome Productions present a new play set in the American University in Kabul on the day the Taliban stormed the campus in August 2016, killing 16 people and injuring many more. Poignantly written by Afghan playwright Monirah Hashemi, the play tackles the violence of dreams and lives interrupted when they’ve only just taken off. “Dancing to the Blast” is an adaptation for the stage of an article written by Afghan journalist Pariwash Gouhari for the Sahar Speaks training programme: “Afghan Women Long For Their Campus Life A Year After Taliban Attack”, published in the Huffington Post in 2017.

The rehearsed reading will be followed by a post-performance discussion with the playwright and journalists/creatives who’ve lived in Afghanistan.

Written by Monirah Hashemi
Produced by Palindrome Productions
Artistic Director: Lesley Ferris
Producer: Manuela Chastelain

In collaboration with:
Rachel Valentine-Smith: Director
Ellie Isherwood: Sound designer

About the company

Monirah Hashemi is a stage actor, director and playwright born to Afghan parents living in Iran as refugees. She moved back to Afghanistan in 2014, where at 21 she wrote and directed her award-winning debut play, Cry of History – the first play in Afghanistan to be produced solely by women. Due to her involvement in theatre, Monirah left Afghanistan in 2013 and relocated to Sweden.

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