Mama Quilla presents ‘Veil’


A female-led theatre group reveal the hidden stories of Muslim women

Theatre Company Mama Quilla showcase their latest project ‘Veil’, which attempts to strip away the layers of Muslim women’s lives that the world rarely sees. It does not solely feature women wearing the niqab but rather a range of Muslim women’s stories. A digital arts instillation, it aims to be a kaleidoscope of inter-generational experiences that combines artistic forms and engaging tales.

It will also feature a poem written by Adshead and performed by the company.

In 2013 Kira Cochrane for The Guardian revealed, “…the Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston compared the niqab to an ‘invisibility cloak’ and said women should be clear that the burqa is a symbol not of liberation but of repression and segregation’ What has been missing from many of these arguments is the voice of Muslim women.”

The award winning performing arts company specialise in bringing to light human rights stories. Founded by Kay Adshead and Lucinda Gane in 1999, the company focus on the female angle of issues affecting society.

Contributing to writing, Adshead is a British actress, poet and theatrical producer. Having graduated from RADA in 1974, her extensive work includes productions of The Bogus Woman, Bites and Bones, all shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Live productions of ‘Veil’ will showcase at the following venues:

Z-Arts, Manchester

8 November 2014:

11 am to 9 pm, with live performances at 12 pm, 3 pm and 6 pm.

Holbeck Underground Ballroom (HUB), Leeds

15 November 2014:

11 am to 9pm, with live performances at 3 pm, 5 pm and 7:30 pm.

The production is created by Shanaz Gulzar and Kully Thiarai with written words by Kay Adshead. Performances include Eugenia Low, Rhiannon James, Llila Vis and Ann Akin.

Tickets are free and open to all.


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