Current Project 

​Birangona  ​


Bangladesh December 2014


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. 


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 homesWhen the                  storm finally hits, it will tear away everything.


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




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 want 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. Following our UK tour earlier in 2014, we are planning to tour our show around Bangladesh, where the play was originally created.


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

Designer Caitlin Abbott
Videography Fahmida Islam

Sound Design Ahsan Reza Khan

Cast Leesa Gazi & Amith Rahman

Vocalist Sohini Alam


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



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