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Birangona: Women of War
On from 09 Apr 2014 till 20 Apr 2014
Stockwell Playhouse
by Komola Collective
Genre(s): Drama

Tickets: £13 / (£11 concessions)

About: Birangona: Women of War

Moryom is a young woman who loves the taste of tamarind, the smell of her mother, and holding her husband’s hand. It is 1971, the year that the war of independence tears through Bangladesh, and no part of the country is untouched. The Kalboshekhi Storm is coming. In a small village, Moryom and her family await its arrival. Every day, they hide from soldiers in the pond behind their house, while across the country, women and girls are disappearing from streets and homes. When the storm finally hits, it will tear away everything.

This play intertwines with the real Birangona women’s firsthand accounts who were systematically raped and tortured during the liberation war of Bangladesh.

Birangona means ‘Brave Woman’ or ‘War Heroine’. In the 1971 Bangladesh War of Independence from Pakistan, more than 200,000 to 400,000 women and girls were systematically raped and tortured as part of the Pakistani Army’s war strategy. These women were then ignored by a society where rape is considered to be a source of shame for the victims. Marked with dishonour, they were silenced, ostracised and forgotten. Komola Collective wants to help break this silence.

This run of shows is dedicated to the Birangona Josna Begum who died in February 2014, 43 years after the independence of Bangladesh. When a Birangona dies, her story dies with her. Given how wartime rape is a phenomenon that affects people worldwide, we feel that it is important, now more than ever, to tell these stories.

Dates: 9th – 20th April 2014

Time:

Wednesday – Saturday: 20.00

Sunday: 17.00

Tickets:

on the doors: £13 Full / £11 Concessions

online: £14.62 Full (incl. £1.62 fees) / £12.37 Concessions (incl. 1.37 fees)

Box Office: 0844 847 1680 or http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/search/birangona?tm_link=tm_header_search&language=en-us&keyword=birangona

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