VEIL – Mama Quilla

15th November 2014 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Veil Image

VEIL is an inter-generational, national piece of work, a collaboration between art forms, artists, experiences and stories

Created by Shanaz Gulzar and Kully Thiarai. Written words by Kay Adshead. Performed by Eugenia Low, Rhiannon James, and Llila Vis

“A poetic mortar bomb”. The Times on Kay Adshead’s writing for Thatcherwrite 2013

The niqab debate: “Is the veil the biggest issue we face in the UK?”

“…the Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston … compared the niqab to an ‘invisibility cloak’ and said women should be clear that the burqa is a symbol not of liberation but of repression and segregation’… What has been missing from many of these arguments is the voice of Muslim women.”Kira Cochrane, The Guardian 16th September 2013

“I am a mixed race Yorkshire woman who has chosen to wear hijab as part of my identity as a Muslim. I love music, fashion and fast food, but you wouldn’t know unless you asked me!” —Zanib Thackary, a VEIL participant

VEIL is an immersive installation that becomes a performance space for spoken word, created in response to the stories of Muslim women. While protecting their identities, it will reveal the depths and subtleties very often hidden from mainstream/non-Muslim view. It doesn’t just feature the niqab, but a range of Muslim women’s voices. Step into the voices and stories of these women walk in their shoes and live their lives.

Powerful passionate committed  theatre that if seen widely enough may change hearts and minds’. – The Guardian on Kay Adshead’s The Bogus Woman

‘Adshead makes you want to take to the streets while you still can.” –  Financial Times on Animal

Supported by Arts Council England

VEIL is an inter-generational, national piece of work, a collaboration between art forms, artists, experiences and stories

The installation is open throughout the day, with 3 live performances at  12pm  3pm  and 6pm

There is a very limited capacity so to reserve a place please email  with the number of places you wish to reserve and  a contact telephone number.

Tickets for this event are FREE.

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