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The Crows Plucked Your Sinews

By Hassan Mahamdallie

Sneak Preview ~ Bush Theatre Nov 2013

In October 2013 I had was invited to collaborate with Yusra Warsama for the presentation of Hassan Mahamdallie's one-woman show telling of a decisive battle between dervishes and British troops in 1913 British Somaliland. The production is informed by the epic lyrical tradition of Somalia.

My artistic role was to create the visual narrative for this exciting new play.

The date is May 2011: Suuban sits in the dark in a Woolwich council house watching the US assassination of Osama Bin Laden unfold on TV. The date is August 1913: The British are at war&in 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. Soon battle will be joined: Say, the dervish are like the advancing thunderbolts of a storm, rumbling and roaring. Soon these two worlds will fuse and shake Suuban to her very core. Based on real events and featuring the epic lyrical tradition of Somalia, The Crows Plucked Your Sinews is a unique exploration of the violence of Empire and the poetry of resistance.