The Shroud Maker

Saturday 4 December 2021, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

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The Shroud Maker written and directed by Ahmed Masoud, performed by Julia Tarnoky

What’s the best business one can establish in Gaza? Hajja Souad, an 84 year old woman living in El Shujaia Neighbourhood, had the right idea.

She has survived decades of wars, deportation and oppression through making selling shrouds for the dead, profiting from the continuous Israeli attacks.

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.

The Shroud Maker is a dark satire by Ahmed Masoud, which tells the story of survival. This one woman comedy delves deep into the intimate life of ordinary Palestinians and takes the audience through the history of Palestine through a very personal story. About the Author:

Ahmed Masoud is the author of the acclaimed novel Vanished - The Mysterious Disappearance of Mustafa Ouda. Ahmed is a writer and director who grew up in Palestine and moved to the UK in 2002. Last year he worked with Maxine Peake on Obliterated, a theatrical experiment and artistic protest. You can learn about it here https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=obliterated+maxine+peake.  Ahmed's theatre credits include Application 39 (WDR Radio, Germany 2018) Camouflage (London 2017) The Shroud Maker (London 2015-2019), Walaa, Loyalty (London 2014, funded by Arts Council England), Go to Gaza, Drink the Sea (London and Edinburgh 2009) and Escape from Gaza (BBC Radio 4, 2011)  Ahmed is the founder of Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre (2005) where he wrote and directed several productions in London, with subsequent European Tours. After finishing his PhD research, Ahmed published many journals and articles including a chapter in Britain and the Muslim World: A historical Perspective (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011). An earlier version of Vanished won the Muslim Writers Awards (London 2011 supported by Penguin Books). For more information, please visit www.ahmedmasoud.co.uk.

Julia Tarnoky’s range of roles include Sylvia Plath in Sylvia directed by Ralph Fiennes, Helen in Corryvreckan (for which she won the LFA Best Actress Award), extensive credits with Howard Barker and The Wrestling School, Deborah in A Kind Of Alaska, Ruth Holderness in Bridlington, and Tyu in Reema Sengupta’s Tyu's Company an award-winning short selected for 9 international film festivals.

"a unique balance of heartache and laughter… the audience is left with tears in their eyes even as they try to laughMiddle East Monitor

"While the context of the performance adds an extra layer of tragedy, Masoud's gallows humour is more than welcomeCeasefire Magazine

"This is theatre-making of the highest order and an early contender for show of the year. I urge you to see it" Greenwich Visitor Blog


£15 Solidarity Ticket (supports a free place for a BTEC student to see the 2.30pm matinee performance)

£10 Standard Ticket

£5 Concession Ticket

plus £1 booking fee per ticket



1532 Performing Arts Centre, Elton Road, Bristol, BS8 1SJ
Email: 1532@bgs.bristol.sch.uk Tel: 0117 259 1532

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