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February 2015


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A week of public rehearsed readings of provocative, funny and courageous new plays by some of the freshest and most original voices in new theatre writing.


Monday 2 February 7.30pm

Writer: Subika Anwar

Directed by Janet Steel
Denny has recently returned home after serving in Afghanistan and is now the gatehouse keeper of a Psychiatric Hospital in Nottinghamshire. He receives an unexpected visit from a stranger but its past visiting hours. They talk but this stranger wants answers.

Paper Factory

Monday 2 February 7.30pm

Writer: Farrah Yusuf

Directed by Janet Steel
Four women are driven to breaking point after their lives are intertwined in the world of a Pakistani jail. Social structures, family ties, perceptions and prejudices come to the fore in a play that asks: Is a person as bad as their worst act?

Sanguine Night

Tuesday 3 February 7.30pm

Writer: Bushra Laskar

When does a home become a prison?
How does a victim turn the tables?
Why won’t your past let you sleep at night?
And who is that girl on your doorstep?
It’s seventeen years since the Incident and six women are awaiting the Final Verdict. As the new dawn threatens to bring with it an uncertain future so too does the arrival of the Stranger, a feral girl with a bone to pick. Over the course of the night, the family must fight to keep it together before the darkness closes in on them from all sides.


Wednesday 4 February 7.30pm

Writer: Sharon Raizada

About the writer

Directed by Janet Steel
Have it all? Do it all?
Or have what’s there for the taking?
Ali wants out of local salon work and back in as a Sassoon stylist, but struggles after taking two years out after her son’s birth. Husband Rob is pursuing his art, working all hours to support his family and his dreams. When they meet smooth amoral Suzanne and Nirjay, their luck appears to change as they take on Rob’s art.  But soon they seem to be using it for themselves.  As Suzanne goads Ali, the battle lines are drawn. A sharp, funny take on motherhood. And sex.

She's Not Herself

Thursday 5 February 7.30pm

Writer: Veronica J. Dewan

Directed by Helena Bell
Jules meets Anoukh, the mixed-race daughter she gave up for adoption thirty years earlier. They spend a weekend together and are confronted with reality. They are strangers to each other, yet so much is familiar. As the fantasies that helped them survive the years apart threaten to destroy this brief and fragile reunion, can the truth of their pasts be renegotiated?

The Administrator Of Lost Souls

Thursday 5 February 7.30pm

Writer: Mahsuda Snaith

Directed by Helena Bell
When a shocking incident in a Tower Hamlets Housing Office turns Munisha Imran’s life upside down, she is left in a strange and unfamiliar place. Is this heaven, hell or somewhere in between? As Munisha replays the scene she begins to question the meaning of life, her beliefs and her sanity.


Friday 6 February 7.30pm

Writer: Lubna Sengul

Directed by Janet Steel
Growing up in Rawal Pindi in Pakistan, Natasha Khan has been left bitterly disappointed by the lack of justice available for women in her country. Unable to make peace with her own abuse she is encouraged by her mother to take up martial arts to help tame the anger and gain some inner discipline.

We No Longer Require Your Services

Friday 5 February 7.30pm

Writer: Ayesha Siddiqi

Directed by Poonam Brah
One evening, Yasmine Malik realizes that the picture she has so carefully painted of her life is on the verge of ruin. When her husband decides to fire a man based on his religious beliefs and her dearest friend mysteriously withdraws from their friendship, the three are forced to face their prejudices and presumptions while desperately trying to preserve their self-image. An exploration of the way in which we use the people around us to define ourselves.

Rukmini's Gold

Saturday 7 February 7.30pm

Writer: Radha S. Menon

Directed by Trilby James
A little old lady clutching a battered suitcase hobbles onto a deserted platform, distraught at just missing her train. Ten stand-alone but interconnected scenes set in stations around the world track the passage of family and diaspora as the dawn of industry and locomotion determine the global movement of labour. Every second count in this play about connections and moments of departure in the journeys of life.

Date and Venue Info

Tristan Bates Theatre
1A Tower St  London WC2H 9NP
5 mins walk from Leicester Square underground 
Box Office
Book online
Readings £8 (£6 concessions)
Double Bill £14 (£10 concessions)

February 2nd – 7th 2015

Intrepid plays
by fearless women
since 1991


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