by Azma Dar

Autumn 2022

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The enigmatic, indefinable Noor Inayat Khan was an unlikely recruit to the SOE as an undercover wireless operator. How did she face off Fascism with such courage and resilience and evade capture longer than any of her counterparts?

Noor’s moving and inspirational story takes us across borders and time into a shadowy world of espionage, as British officer Vera Atkins and Gestapo Major Hans Kieffer trade secrets to uncover the woman behind the code names. From her Sufi mysticism to her astonishing creativity, Noor’s individuality was ultimately her greatest strength.


Recommended for ages 14+
This production depicts the use of firearms and simulations of violence and torture. It also includes loud noises.

Writer Azma Dar

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Azma has written for theatre, radio and screen. Her novel The Secret Arts has been published as an e-book by Dean Street Press.  A chapter from this won the New Ventures Writing Award and her play Vampire in Bradford won the New Perspective Long Play Competition. Azma has also worked on several community projects, including […]

About the writer

“A gripping and moving story… Annice Boparai gives Noor a luminous integrity… Poonam Brah’s production for Kali Theatre unfolds with fluency and urgency… a compelling play that asks: what would you do?”

Financial Times

“A biodrama packed with interest… Azma Dar’s passion for Noor as a human being shines through”

The Stage

“A stylish, noirish retelling of a story so genuinely extraordinary you could not have made it up. On Helen Coyston’s effective minimalist set the company establishes a strong punchy dynamic with standout performances from Chris Porter… and Ellie Turner. Annice Boparai plays Noor in a vivid, intelligent performance.”

The Times

“Beautifully staged across a long, traverse set… It is the performances that make this production… including Chris Porter as Kieffer and Caroline Faber as Vera… Noor is beguilingly played by Annice Boparai.”

The Guardian

Production photos: Ikin Yum


Southwark Playhouse
Fri 4- Sat 26 Nov
Mon-Sat 8pm  Tue & Sat matinees 3.30pm

Captioned performances 
12, 22. 15 November 15.30 & 20.00

Wed 23 Nov Post Show Discussion
With Kate Vigurs – a historian and author of Mission France (Yale University Press) who has made a study of the women agents of SOE F section                                             

Southwark Playhouse
77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD
Box Office 020 7407 0234

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Cast | Creative | Crew

Cast and Crew

Annice Boparai, Caroline Faber, Chris Porter, Laurence Saunders, Ellie Turner
Azma Dar
Poonam Brah
Artistic Producer
Helena Bell
Helen Coyston
Lighting Designer
Neill Brinkworth
Sound Designer
Dinah Mullen
Movement Director
Nancy Kettle
Assistant Director
Neetu Singh
Production Manager
Alex Ralls
Stage Manager
Suneeda Maruthiyil
Assistant Stage Manager
Tara Daynes

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