Liberation Squares

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Fifth Word and Nottingham Playhouse, in association with Brixton House, present

Liberation Squares

By Sonali Bhattacharyya

Directed by Milli Bhatia

Three teenage girls forge an unlikely friendship. They challenge each other with Tik Toks, beat-boxing, rap and dance routines… They just want to build their social media empire, or study astronomy, or become as good a rapper as Megan Thee Stallion. But they undergo a political awakening when they realise that what you say – even what you think – is viewed very differently depending who you are.

When they find themselves the target of the state surveillance ‘Prevent’ programme, they have to fight back. Friendships fracture and loyalties are tested as they pursue different avenues of resistance. In an era when dissent is being criminalised, what does it take to speak up?

This is a riotous, funny play told through the technicolour lens of three teenage girls. Inspired by graphic novels, hip hop, pop culture and real-world activists, Liberation Squares asks what it takes for young Muslim women today to be the heroes of their own stories.
Target audience age: 14yrs+
Contains sensitive subject matter including references to racism, Islamophobia, and racist and colonial violence.
Running time: Approx. 1hr 15 mins
“Seamlessly yokes the personal to the political in sparkling dialogue”
The Telegraph

on Sonali Bhattacharyya’s CHASING HARES

“Plays out like a thriller”
The Guardian

on Sonali Bhattacharyya’s CHASING HARES

“The significance of this play [is] immeasurable”
The Stage

on Fifth Word’s previous production of WE NEED NEW NAMES

“Mesmerising … leav[es] us lost for words”
Theatre-news

on Fifth Word’s previous production of WE NEED NEW NAMES

TOUR DATES

APRIL – JUNE 2024

12 April – 27 April 2024
NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE
nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk
0115 941 9419

30 April – 1 May 2024
THE NORTH WALL, OXFORD
thenorthwall.com
01865 319 450

2 – 11 May 2024
BRIXTON HOUSE, LONDON
brixtonhouse.co.uk
020 7582 7680

16 – 18 May 2024
BIRMINGHAM REP
birmingham-rep.co.uk
0121 236 4455

24 May 2024
NORTHERN STAGE, NEWCASTLE
northernstage.org.uk
0191 230  5151

28 – 29 May 2024
CRUCIBLE PLAYHOUSE, SHEFFIELD
sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
0114 249 6000

5 – 7 June 2024 
BELGRADE THEATRE, COVENTRY
belgrade.co.uk
024 7655 3055

8 June 2024 
OCTAGON THEATRE, BOLTON
octagonbolton.co.uk
01204 520661

5 – 7 June 2024 
BELGRADE THEATRE, COVENTRY
belgrade.co.uk

30 APRIL-1MAY 2024
THE NORTH WALL,
OXFORD  thenorthwall.com
01865 319 450 

2 – 11 May 2024
BRIXTON HOUSE,
LONDON
brixtonhouse.co uk
020 7582 7680

16-18 May 2024
BIRMINGHAM REP, 
birmingham-rep.co.uk 
0121 236 4455

24 – 25 May 2024
NORTHERN STAGE, NEWCASTLE
northernstage.co.uk
0191 230 5151 

27 May
KEY THEATRE, PETERBOROUGH
keytheatre-peterborough.com
01733 852992

June 2024

5-7 June 2024
BELGRADE THEATRE,
COVENTRY

belgrade.co.uk
024 7655 3055

8 June 2024
OCTAGON THEATRE, BOLTON
octagonbolton.co.uk

01204 520661

ARTISTIC TEAM

Writer: Sonali Bhattacharyya

Director: Milli Bhatia

Set and Costume Designer: Tomás Palmer

Lighting Designer: Joshua Gadsby

Sound Designer: Elena Peña

Movement Director: Iskandar R. Sharazuddin

Dramaturgy: Afshan D’Souza-Lodhi

Creative Associate: Nic Wass

Casting: Arthur Carrington

Assistant Director: Jade Franks

Funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

CAST

Vaneeka Dadhria – RUQAYA

Asha Hassan – SABI

Halema Hussain – XARA

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