The Shroud Maker: A play by Ahmed Masoud

14 May '18 - 20 May '18

The Shroud Maker by Ahmed Masoud, Run Time: 70 mins


Hajja Souad, an 80-year old Palestinian woman living on the besieged Gaza Strip, knows about business. She has survived decades of wars and oppression through making shrouds for the dead. A compelling black comedy, The Shroud Maker delves deep into the intimate life of ordinary Palestinians to weave a highly distinctive path through Palestine’s turbulent past and present. Loosely based on a real life character still living in Gaza, this one-woman comedy weaves comic fantasy and satire with true stories told first hand to the writer, and offers a vivid portrait of  Palestinian life in Gaza underscored with gallows humour.

Ahmed Masoud is a writer, director and academic based in the UK and author of Vanished: The Mysterious Disappearance of Mustafa Ouda. His plays include Camouflage (London, May 2017), Walaa/Loyalty (London, June & November 2014), Unto the Breach (London, November 2012 & Vienna, November 2013) and Go to Gaza, Drink the Sea (London, 2009 & Edinburgh Fringe, August 2009). His radio piece Escape from Gaza was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

Show Times:

Monday 14 May
18:30 The Shroud Maker (followed by 30min Q&A)

Tuesday 15 May
18:30 The Shroud Maker (followed by a free presentation by Amnesty International from 20:00 – 21:30)

Wednesday 16 May
19:30 The Shroud Maker (preceded by a free presentation by Amos Trust starting at 18:30)

Thursday 17 May
18:30 The Shroud Maker

Saturday 19 May
18:30 The Shroud Maker

Sunday 20 May
17:00 The Shroud Maker

The Shroud Maker will perform as part of @70: Celebration of Contemporary Palestinian Culture, taking place at RADA Studios, Chenies Street, London from the 14-20 May, a week-long festival of theatre, dance, films and talks commemorating the Palestinian experience of dispossession and loss of a homeland. For more information about the festival visit 



RADA Studios

16 Chenies Street, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 7EX


@70: Celebration of Contemporary Palestinian Culture

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