In 2011, all over the Arab World, veiled women took to the streets to protest. Their calls for change were briefly celebrated, soon derided, and eventually ignored. For the first time on stage, The Singing Stones gives voice to their extraordinary stories. These are the women who snitched on Gaddafi, marched on Tahrir Square, defended the bloody borders of Kurdistan, and became the heroines of our century’s greatest struggle. But who are they? What led them to revolution? And where do they go from here? The Singing Stones is a fearless exploration of women and the Arab Spring.
Kay Adshead is a poet, playwright and theatre maker. In 1999 with Lucinda Gane she co-founded award-winning theatre company Mama Quilla, producing: The Bogus Woman (Fringe First, Adelaide Fringe Sensation Award, M.E.N. award for best actress, nominated for an E.M.M.A and Susan Smith Blackburn Award.) at the Traverse and the Bush; Bites, the Bush (nominated for Susan Smith Blackburn Award); and Bones at the Haymarket Leicester and the Bush. All plays have subsequently been produced internationally. Ongoing projects include Acts Of Defiance and Working Girls. She has written over twenty-five plays, including Thatcher’s Women for Paines Plough at the Tricycle, (nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award); Bacillus for the Royal Court; Animal for Soho Theatre Company (nominated for Encore Best Play of Year); and Lady Chill for the RNT. Recently she contributed to Thatcherwrite for Theatre503 and wrote Happy Ending for Natural Shocks. She lives between London, and Houston Texas.