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3-4 July 2023

19.30 start

From The Daughter of a Dictator

Yasmeen Audisho Ghrawi, presented with Shubbak Festival

One-person show exploring the personal journey of migration from Baghdad to Beirut to Berlin to Britain.

/‘jes.mɪən/ /'aʊdiʃəʊ/ /'ʁrɑː.wiː/  lived and cautiously thrived in a dictatorship for almost two decades. From The Daughter Of A Dictator is a one-person show exploring the personal journey of migration from Baghdad to Beirut to Berlin to Britain. 


There still lives the belief, a false one perhaps,  that the UK, Europe, “the West”  are the final bastions of human rights. But what if these illusory safe shores of democracy are in danger of disappearing.  What if living in a democracy is becoming no different than living in a dictatorship.


Where do we go then? 


More importantly, where will you go? 


From The Daughter Of A Dictator is a collage of fragmented images and anecdotes about displacement, hope, sorrow, joy, and resistance converging  into the body and voice of one person trying to orient in a violently loud, crushing world. Stories are spoken, whispered, sung and woven together with the conviction of a ‘rawiya’.  The body takes its chances to hold, preserve, resist and crack under the weight and pressure of extremes. 


This is a performance about the dreamers who left, and those who remain. A reminder of our individual and collective power, and human right to dream.


Yasmeen Audisho Ghrawi


/‘jes.mɪən/ /'aʊdiʃəʊ/ /'ʁrɑː.wiː/ is a queer Iraqi/Syrian/Assyrian performer and story-maker who works across theatre, film, and audio exploring themes of migration, displacement, and social justice using the body as the birthplace of stories. She has collaborated with artists and ensembles in the UK and internationally including WHEN FARAH CRIES by Syrian playwright Mudhar Al-Hajj (Schaubude, Berlin), the satire WELCOME TO THE UK (Bunker Theatre; The Cockpit; Home, Manchester), the Royal Shakespeare Company's A MUSEUM IN BAGHDAD, STRATEGY OF RUPTURE (Legal Aliens Theatre audio podcast), CRIMEA 5 AM ( The Kiln Theatre, Dash Arts) and THE WALL ( Al Abadia, Madrid; The Tobacco Factory, Bristol).


Between 2021-2022 she worked closely with director Ken Loach on his upcoming film THE OLD OAK.  Yasmeen Audisho Ghrawi is also a stand-up comedian and a member of Counterpoints Arts's NO DIRECTION HOME comedy collective. Through physical theatre, poetry, and comedy Yasmeen is continually exploring spaces of impossible meetings, the birth of new myth, and the power of our collective imagination to dream up and birth more just worlds.


Estimated running time

60 minutes

Performance times

19.30 start

Ticket prices

Pay What You Can (recommended price £8)


Full-time students, those aged under 16, senior citizens, the unwaged, members of Equity and BECTU


Theatro Technis is fully wheelchair accessible. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome in the auditorium. There is a Loop system fitted in the main auditorium. If you have any questions or specific requests, please email

Mention of war, violence, possibly sudden and loud sounds

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