Current Production

Touring 21st March - 19th May

​Birangona:  ​

Women of War


Birangona Liberation War Heroine 1971 Bangladesh Birangona Liberation War Heroine 1971 Bangladesh

Tour Dates


The year is 1971; the war of independence tears through Bangladesh, and no part of the country is left untouched. 


Amidst this unrest and violence, Moryom still remembers the calming details of her life before: the taste of tamarind, the smell of her

mother, holding her husband’s hand.
             But the Kalbosheki Storm is coming. 


9-20 April

1-2 May

3-4 May

11 May

16-17 May


19 May




Lost Theatre, London >>

Grange Arts Centre

Seven Arts, Leeds >>

The Drum, Birmingham >>

New Wimbledon Theatre, London >>

Redbridge Central Library,
Ilford >>


      In a small village, Moryom and her

       family wait fearfully for its arrival.              Every day they hide from the army in the     pond behind their house, while across the  

 country, women are disappearing from
  streets and homes. When the storm finally hits, it will tear away everything. 


Birangona means ‘Brave Woman’.
In the 1971 Bangladesh War of Independence from Pakistan, more than 200,000 women and girls were systematically raped and tortured. After Bangladesh gained 
independence these 

women were ignored by a society where

rape is seen as a source of shame for the victim. They were silenced, ostracised
 and forgotten -we wanted to help break this silence. The piece uses physical performance, choreography and animation interwoven with films of the real Birangona women's accounts to tell their stories.


In August 2013, Komola Collective travelled to Bangladesh to film Birangona women's firsthand accounts and produce a research and development (R&D) theatrical piece based on their footage. A second phase of R&D ran for the UK audience in November 2013 and we are now working on the final production to open in 2014.



Watch trailer for 
Birangona:Women of War

Script Samina Luthfa​ & Leesa Gazi
Director Filiz Ozcan 
Producer Buffy Sharpe

Designer Caitlin Abbott
Videography Fahmida Islam

Lighting Design Salvatore Scollo

Sound Design Ahsan Reza Khan

Cast Leesa Gazi & Amith Rahman

Vocalist Sohini Alam

​Artwork by Caitlin Abbott, from
original photo
 by Naib Uddin Ahmed



See photos from the R&D Show >>
Acknowledgements >>

Watch Film:

The Hidden History of the 
Birangona Women

Article by Dr. Bina D'Costa 1971: Rape and It's Consequences 

Watch NBC News report - Bangladesh Genocide: Rape Victims