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.
Aisha - performed by Alex Jarrett at various venues

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.


Synopsis


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?


Cast


Alex Jarrett


Creatives


Writer/Director - AJ

Producer - AILIA


Venue


Old Red Lion Theatre

418 St John Street

London EC1V 4NJ


King's Head Theatre

115 Upper Street

Islington

London N1 1QN


Tristan Bates Theatre

1A Tower Street

Covent Garden

London WC2H 9NP


Dates


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


Tickets


Old Red Lion: £16 / £14 (concessions)

King's Head Theatre: £18 / £17 (concessions)

Tristan Bates Theatre: £16 / £14.50 (concessions)


Links

Ailia website (including booking links)


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