A DRAMA written by emerging young playwright Sara Shaarawi, Niqabi Ninja, will be directed by Megan Furniss and performed by rising talents Bianca Flanders and Loren Loubser. The 60-minute production will be staged at the Alexander Upstairs Theatre.
Set in Cairo during the time of the Egyptian uprising, the play gives two actresses a chance to explore the range and complexity of harassment against women, and one woman’s ability to develop a response.
Niqabi Ninja is an avenging superhero, born on the streets of Cairo, who is ready to seek out and avenge every single act of harassment she has experienced at the hands of men. She has a list, a record of injuries and a variety of punishments to mete out.
Shaarawi is a theatre maker from Cairo who is currently based in Glasgow. She performs, writes, translates and directs, and enjoys all equally.
Her professional experience in Scotland began with A Play, a Pie and a Pint’s season of Arab plays in 2012 where she worked as a translator, dramaturg and eventually as a performer (One Day in Spring) as well. She has since attained an MA in International Performance Research (University of Amsterdam/University of Arts, Belgrade) and an MSc in European Theatre (University of Edinburgh). Her most recent writing credit was a reading of Day One at the Tron Theatre as part of Mayfesto 2014.