By Sara Shaarawi
A graphic-novel style revenge story about one woman’s transformation into a Cairene vigilante, as she attempts to right the wrongs of the male violence she sees all around her.
The show will be experienced through headphones and will involve following a designated walking route starting and ending at Tramway.
Timeslots available on 19th-21st and 26th-28th August
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Combining street artwork, audio-story performance and a walk through your city, you are invited to immerse yourselves in Hana’s world. Searing with dark comedy, this is a fearless reflection on the lengths women are willing to go to keep themselves and others safe.
Intimate, visceral and pulsating with a soundtrack to inspire your own resistance against gendered and state violence, this will be an intimate performance to be experienced in pairs or small groups.
Originally written in reaction to the 2012-2014 mob sexual assaults in Tahrir Square, this is a story about rape culture and male violence, a violence that operates everywhere and isn't limited to one part of the world.
Niqabi Ninja will be presented simultaneously in 5 locations across Scotland - Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. We want this collective experience to offer the space for audiences to think about what it means to walk in public space without fear.
Run time 1hr 15 mins (BSL version 1hr 45m)
Recommended for ages 16+ due to the content and themes of this work
A note from the team:
We understand that the content and form of this work could be triggering for people.
Whilst we invite people who have to endure male and misogynistic violence to experience what we have made (including but not exclusive to women, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people), we understand if you choose not to. In fact we especially encourage those for whom this is not a daily threat to engage with this performance.
If you would like any further information or a transcript of the performance before you attend please email email@example.com
We offer this piece of work as a contribution to the struggle. We hope that eventually – together – things can be forced to change and all those who encounter male and misogynistic violence can be safe on the street, in their homes or wherever the hell else they want to be.
The starting point for each performance will be the venue you have booked your tickets from. The show will be experienced through headphones and will involve following a designated walking route. The piece will last around 1 hour.
We recommend you book in pairs or groups, as we feel this is a piece to experience with someone you know and trust, who you can reflect with afterwards.
Single tickets are available, however.
Ahead of the performance, ticket holders will be sent more detailed information about how they will experience the show.
A route map is available to all audience members outlining the route, and giving sensory and practical information (ie toilets, busy roads, noisy areas), as well as links to support for survivors and potential activists.
View it online here>
A hard copy is available at the start of the route
The route is uneven in places with high kerbs (marked on the map)
A short access film of the route will be available 48 hours in advance.
*A BSL version will be available. A filmed interpretation of the audio is available to be watched on a tablet that the company will supply. We expect the BSL version will take up to 1hr 45 minutes and is available on request.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred performance date and time.
Audio based descriptions of the site-based illustrations are built into the audio experience.
A quiet space will be available in the venue post performance.
We offer free tickets to carers and personal assistants.
If you have any questions about access, please contact the company on email@example.com
Niqabi Ninja is part of our Tramway Beyond Walls season, engaging with local audiences beyond the physical limits of our building.
Watch the full trailer for Niqabi Ninja below
Photo of Sara Shaarawi by Mihaela Bodlovic