Women: taboos of stage and stories

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Candid Arts Trust

3-5 Torrens Street

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Women: taboos of stage and stories, by Monirah Hashemi

A week before the premiere of her play at Camden People’s Theatre, Afghan playwright, actress and filmmaker Monirah Hashemi will be at Candid Arts on Tuesday 10thJuly discussing the need to amplify women’s voices around the world.

Previously an artist in Kabul, and currently living in Sweden, Hashemi puts women’s stories and narratives at the core of her work. This talk will be an extraordinary opportunity to learn first-hand about her exceptional work, as well as the motivation and circumstances behind it.

The talk will be centered around Hashemi's aim to break the taboo of female representation - in stories in general, and on the stage in particular. Women’s experiences of war, violence and love; their hopes, their struggles, their battles and dreams - rarely heard, even more rarely published or acknowledged internationally - take centre-stage under her pen.

Hashemi recounts her own battle in reclaiming narratives by women and about women, away from the single-story that represents them as victims, and introducing them as “rebels against old and backwards thoughts, traditions and systems; warriors and survivors of hardships and severe rules”.

Hashemi has been commissioned by Palindrome Productions, a theatre company dedicated to women’s work, to write a play that will become the fourth constituent of Palindrome’s Sahar Speaks series of plays. These plays are the result of Palindrome’s partnership with Sahar Speaks in 2017, in which three articles written by Afghan women journalists were adapted for the stage and performed in London in mid-October at Theatre503.

Catch the staged reading of Monirah Hashemi's new play, Dancing to the Blast, at Camden’s People Theatre on 16th July.

The talk is free, so come along and join the discussion.

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