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Written by

Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen

Executive Producer

Ray Downing

Community Producer

Rachel Fitzgerald

Directed by

Filiz Ozcan

Movement Director

Emma Webb

Sound Designer

Tom Morton

Solace Consultant

Anat Toffnell

Music Consultant

Sohini Alam

Design Consultant

Caitlin Abbott

Stage Manager

Judith Volk


Leesa Gazi

Simon Lyshon

Peyvand Sadeghian


Repetition. Chores. Work. Dinner. Waltz.

Playing it safe. Raised voices. Sharp noises.


Trapped behind high walls and closed doors, each day a woman must find tricks and tactics to divert her husband’s growing anger. She has a plan to save herself and the women who follow her. She must weave an imaginary world to escape reality. They must escape.

Our R&D process was informed by interviews and conversations with staff and service users of domestic abuse charities. The scenes we devised and the script by Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen have interwoven the age-old tale of One Thousand and One Nights with real-life accounts of present-day Shahrazads.

Find out more about the next stages of Shahrazad here

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