Sara Shaarawi and Catrin Evans – Niqabi Ninja

An asian woman wearing headphones is looking at an illuminated billboard poster. It is dusk in a city, the poster shows a silhouette of an angel above a city scape.
Niqabi Ninja by Sara Shaarawi - Image Credit: Tiu Makkonen
An asian woman wearing headphones is looking at an illuminated billboard poster. It is dusk in a city, the poster shows a silhouette of an angel above a city scape.
Niqabi Ninja by Sara Shaarawi – Image Credit: Tiu Makkonen

An audio-led journey into the world of a Cairene vigilante, Niqabi Ninja by Sara Shaarawi is a graphic-novel style revenge story about one woman’s transformation as she attempts to right the wrongs of the male violence she sees all around her.

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 performance is designed 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.

Performers Rebecca Banatvala and Juliana Yazbeck
Writer Sara Shaarawi
Director Catrin Evans
Associate Director Niroshini Thambar
Composer BalQeis
Sound Designer Nik Paget-Tomlinson
Illustrator Gehan Mounir

https://niqabininja.net

Sara Shaarawi is a playwright from Cairo who is now based in Glasgow. She has had her work performed at the Tron Theatre (Glasgow), Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh), Village Pub Theatre (Edinburgh), Platform (Easterhouse), Rich Mix (London) and the CCA (Glasgow). Sara also took part in the Playwrights Studio Scotland’s 2015 Mentoring Programme and the National Theatre of Scotland’s Breakthrough Writers programme in 2016. In 2017 she was one of the recipients of the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland ’s New Playwright’s Awards, and received a Starter programme bursary with the National Theatre of Scotland. Also in 2017, she partnered with the Workers Theatre to crowdfund and create Megaphone, a new bursary aimed at supporting artists of colour based in Scotland.

sarashaarawi.com

Catrin Evans is a theatre-maker, academic and activist based in Glasgow, where she is the Head of Creative Learning at The Citizens Theatre. Directing work includes: I Hear The Image Moving (Tramway); Endurance (A Moment’s Peace); Dear Scotland (National Theatre of Scotland); Leaving Planet Earth (Grid Iron/Edinburgh International Festival); Some Other Mother (The Tron); The Sweet Silver Song of the Lark (A Play, A Pie & A Pint) & The Chronicles of Irania (A Moment’s Peace). She founded and is Associate Artist of A Moment’s Peace Theatre Company, whose reputation for delivering innovative participatory arts projects across Scotland marks them out as a leading player in the socially-engaged arts community. Catrin completed an AHRC-funded practice-based PhD at the University of Glasgow in 2020.