Liberation Squares Reading
Join us for a reading of our next play LIBERATION SQUARES by Sonali Bhattacharyya.
Three teenage girls undergo a political awakening. Taking inspiration for previous generations of young people who’ve stood up against harassment, violence and surveillance, they plan their own local act of resistance.
Liberation Squares puts young female agency centre stage, while exploring the particular challenges faced by young Muslim women, plus wider themes including protest movements, gentrification, Islamophobia, and the government’s controversial ‘Prevent’ programme.
This production is followed by a round-table discussion with audience members and special guests.
This project follows on from initial participation work that we ran in Spring 2021, with funding from Arts Council England. We held a series of weekly Zoom workshops with Muslim teenage girls from Derby and Nottingham: giving them the opportunity to feed into the development of LIBERATION SQUARES.
The group discussed the themes, explored their own experiences of being a Muslim teenager, and shared some perspectives around how the themes relate to their own lives. These contributions have been vital in shaping the further development of the script, influencing Sonali’s thoughts around the character developments and plot.
LIBERATION SQUARES is a new, subversive heist comedy about three teenage Muslim schoolgirls, who are as influenced by women resistance fighters in Rojava as they are by Ms Marvel, and whose adolescence is as complex, infuriating and joyous as any teenagers’ but with the added complications of Islamophobia and cultural erasure. The play puts young female agency centre stage, while delving into the particular challenges faced by Muslim young women, and exploring wider themes including the impact of gentrification, heightened Islamophobia in the UK post- 9/11, and the government’s controversial ‘Prevent’ programme. After the successes of her plays TWO BILLION BEATS and CHASING HARES in 2022, we’re thrilled to be working with Sonali to realise this important story.
Watch this space for further opportunities for Muslim women and girls to contribute to the conversation around this play: Coming Soon.
Date: 7th July 2023
Derby Theatre, Community Hub
derbytheatre.co.uk | 01332 59 39 39
Performance and round table duration:2 hours 15 minutes
Age guidance: 12+
Advisories: Strong language and use of racial slurs.