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Sahar Speaks: Voices of Women from Afghanistan

Written by Sonali Battacharyya, Yasmin Joseph, Aisha Zia
Directed by Jennifer Bakst, Rachel Valentine Smith, Robyn Winfield-Smith
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Brave new work by Afghan female journalists that reflects on their lives. These short plays include their struggles and triumphs; from dressing as a boy to go to school and being forced to marry as a child.

Sonali Battacharyya, Yasmin Joseph, Aisha Zia

Sonali Battacharyya
Sonali was one of three playwrights selected for the inaugural Old Vic 12. A graduate of the Royal Court Writers' Group, her previous works include '2066' (Almeida Theatre), 'These Four Streets' (Birmingham Rep), and 'A Thin Red Line' (Kali Theatre, Birmingham Rep and Black Country Touring). Sonali is currently one of the Orange Tree Theatre’s Writers Collective, and Writer in Residence with the Coterie Theatre Company.

Yasmin Joseph - 503Five Writer in Residence (2017-2018)
Yasmin is one of Theatre503’s resident playwrights, the 503Five. She took part in the Soho Theatre Young Writers Lab, where she developed her first play 'Pinch' which was later considered for the Alfred Fagon 'Best New Play 2016' Award. In 2014 Yasmin taught drama in rural South Africa with UK arts charity Dramatic Need and has since worked for the New York Theatre Workshop and The Unicorn.

Aisha Zia - 503Five Writer in Residence (2017-2018)
Aisha is a writer and journalist based across London and Bradford. Her first piece of writing won a Special Commendation from Amnesty International’s ‘Freedom of Expression Awards’. She works as a freelance photo editor for the Financial Times and New Statesman.


Artistic Team
Sonali Battacharyya, Yasmin Joseph, Aisha Zia
Jennifer Bakst, Rachel Valentine Smith, Robyn Winfield-Smith
Artistic Director
Lesley Ferris
Phoebe Ferris-Rotman and Kate Sawyer
Rasheeda Ali
Annice Boparai
Mona Khalili
Nigarish Khan
Gehane Strehler

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