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GLOD: Political Theatre as a Civil Right (Season 2) - Monirah Hashemi

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GLOD: Political Theatre as a Civil Right Season 2 Event 4 Monday 22 February 2021 1pm EDT, 6pm GMT, 8pm GMT+1 with a series of Afghan theatre maker Monirah Hashemi’s work.

Monirah Hashemi was born to Afghan parents living in Iran as refugees. Discovering early the power of storytelling, she moved back to Afghanistan in 2004 at 19, where she started acting in films and co-founded Simorgh Film Association of Culture and Art. At 21, she wrote and directed her debut play, Cry of History, which was performed in Herat to a mixed audience at the country’s first educational theatre festival in 2006. The play, the first one in Afghanistan to be produced solely by women, went on to win the festival’s best play award in Herat and Kabul International Theater Festvial and performed in National School of Drama Theater Festival in Mumbai and New Delhi in India.

Due to her involvement in theatre, writing and directing political plays she left Afghanistan and relocated to Sweden late 2013.

Sitaraha – The Stars, directed by Leif Persson, was her first work produced in Sweden; telling the stories of women in Afghanistan spanning 130 years to the present day. The play was staged April 2014, and since then toured in USA, UK, South Africa, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy and Sweden.

The Scarecrow, is a children’s play written by Monirah is about migration of lonely coming kids to Sweden. The play has been toured for school students in Sweden.

Who Light The Stars, is the new play, written and performed by Monirah, directed by Leif Persson.

Following extracts of Monirah’s work will be a panel discussion (TBA). The extracts will have English subtitles where necessary and the discussion will be in English.

All performances and discussions are free.

Register to receive instructions on how to view and submit questions to the panel.


Hosted by Howlround Theatre Commons | Coordinated by BÉZNĂ Theatre

A British Romanian theatre company making work that investigates societal inequalities & confronts institutional & normalised violences. Pivotal to our work are close collaborations with activists & academics during field research, inclusion of communities in our process & emancipatory actions to enact lasting change.

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This is the third event in Glod Season 2. Other event details to follow.

Mon 25 Jan: Freedom Theatre's Return to Palestine (Register here)

Mon 08 Feb: Extracts performed by Chris Thorpe (Register here)

Recordings from Season 1:

ILLEGALISED, BÉZNĂ Theatre (watch the recording here)

HEAVENS, Zoukak Theatre Company (watch the recording here)

I Have Met The Enemy (and the enemy is us), Common Wealth (watch the recording here)

Discussion with Jordanian satirist Nabil Sawalha (watch the recording here)

Oranges & Stones, Ashtar Theatre (watch the recording here)

Revenge, Laura Uribe & Juan Carlos Saavados (watch the recording here)

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