Aisha - performed by Alex Jarrett
Sunday 4 November 2018
Off-West End - Shows
New young writer/director AJ will present his one woman play, AISHA, which discusses the practice and repercussions of child marriage, at three major Off West End venues in December and January.
Image courtesy AILIA
New young writer/director AJ presents his one woman play, AISHA, at three Off West End venues in December and the early New Year.
Aisha plays at
Old Red Lion Theatre from 3 to 8 December
King's Head Theatre from 9 to 10 December, and at
Tristan Bates Theatre from 4 to 5 January.
Through rhythmic verse, heavily influenced by contemporary spoken word, the play discusses the practice and repercussions of child marriage; a practice still perpetrated in the UK, with the Home Office estimating that between 5,000 and 8,000 young people a year are at risk.
AISHA is performed by Alex Jarrett, who can be seen in the BBC's Les Miserables mini-series, alongside David Oyelowo, and Dominic West, in January 2019.
Ms Jarrett is also the former Young Major of Newham.
25-year-old writer, director and producer AJ was raised in South East London, Woolwich.
He commented ...
"I strive to create unconventional and thought-provoking work that audience members can deeply engage with.
Theatre should be and can be used as a medium to transform society.
Aisha is a clear representation of this; I chose to artistically portray the grave effect child marriage can have on a child, in hope that the conveying of this will bring to light a social-ill that is somehow dangerously overlooked."
Production company AILIA is creating a new theatre for radical, free-spirited artists; and the open-minded spectator.
A large percentage of the box office sales from AISHA will be donated to certain forced marriage, child marriage, and child sexual exploitation charitable organisations.
AISHA is about an underage girl forced by her parents to marry a 51-year-old man at the age of 14.
Aisha is sold in exchange for an expensive dowry, a dowry that Aisha's parents use to better themselves and abandon their daughter: an act justified by cultural and religious traditions.
The man that Aisha is forced to marry and live with is sadistic and abusive.
She is forbidden to leave the house; communicate with the outside world; shower or bathe herself on a regular basis; and is denied every human right.
How will she continue to cope?
Writer/Director - AJ
Producer - AILIA
Old Red Lion Theatre
418 St John Street
London EC1V 4NJ
King's Head Theatre
115 Upper Street
London N1 1QN
Tristan Bates Theatre
1A Tower Street
London WC2H 9NP
Old Red Lion Theatre from 3 to 8 December 2018 - 7-30pm/ 3pm Sat matinee
King's Head Theatre from 9 to 10 December 2018 - 7pm
Tristan Bates Theatre from 4 to 5 January 2019 - 7-30pm
Old Red Lion: £16 / £14 (concessions)
King's Head Theatre: £18 / £17 (concessions)
Tristan Bates Theatre: £16 / £14.50 (concessions)