We Sinful Women – Booklet

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This green A5 booklet includes the programme for Mán Melá ‘s adaptation of Rukhsana Ahmad’s ‘We Sinful Women’ (Women’s Press, 1991). The show was a presentation of contemporary poetry written by renowned Pakistani women poets. It was performed in Urdu and English. The booklet features shoert informative articles on the origins and development of Urdu, written by Dominic Rai, the political context of the poetry featured in the play, written by Mizzy Hussain, English translations of the poetry and also brief biographies of the renowned poets and of the Mán Melá performers.

Date of Creation / Publication1995
CreatorMán Melá Theatre Company
Associated Person/ OrganisationRai, Dominic
Collection and Reference NumberMán Melá Theatre Company Collection (GB 2661 MM)
Catalogue NumberMM/PRO/WS/1
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or the associated person or organisation where applicable.
Access to originalsThe originals are located at SADAA
Series notesIn 1995, Dominic Rai adapted We Sinful Women, translated and edited by Rukhsana Ahmad (Women’s Press, 1991) for the stage. Mán Melá presented a show based on a celebration of contemporary Urdu poetry by renowned Pakistani women poets and was combined with music, performance and song. The poetry featured included the work of Kishwar Naheed, Fahmida Riaz, the late Sara Shagufta, Ishrat Aafreen Saeeda Gazdar and Neelma Sarwar. The poetry highlights the struggles and hopes of a generation of women caught in the social, political and cultural conflict of their time.
Collection notesThe Mán Melá Theatre Company Collection consists of digitised material pertaining to Mán Melá’s productions and its audience and project development work since 1993. The items include production and workshop photographs, flyers and information-based programmes.

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