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.
Grange Arts Centre
Redbridge Central Library,
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
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
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