The Crows Plucked Your Sinews
Language: English using Somali and spoken word with visuals
Director: Hassan Mahamadille
Subaan Actress: Aisha Mohammed
Musician/Oud Player: Abdelkader Saadoun
Writer / Director: Hassan Mahamadille
Company Stage Manager: Grace Craven
Creative Advisor: Ayaan Aden
Production Manager/Lighting: Dennis Charles
Marketing/Press: Pam Kehoe (Jane Morgan Associates)
Design Consultant: Mohammed Ali
Producer: Isobel Hawson
The Crows Plucked Your Sinews is a one woman show with Aisha Mohammed and live music from Abdelkader Saadoun. Based on real events and featuring the epic lyrical tradition of Somalia. A unique exploration of the violence of empire and the poetry of resistance.
May 2011: A young Somali woman sits in the dark of a Woolwich council house watching the assassination of Osama Bin Laden unfold on TV. Upstairs her ailing grandmother is talking to ghosts. August 1913: The British are at war…in the Horn of Africa. In the interior of British Somaliland the hunt for the ‘Mad Mullah’ is on. A woman dervish warrior searches the body of a British Tommy. In the morning the killing will begin. “Say, the dervish are like the advancing thunderbolts of a storm, rumbling and roaring”. Soon these two worlds will collide and change everyones’ lives.
North West End press: “This is a brave, visceral and honest proclamation of modern integration in the face of bloody history, hostility and clashes of faith. It is an important piece of theatre that needs to be seen by a wider audience; that will leave you moved and searching for difficult answers. It’s a unique piece of art that does not come around very often.”