October 2008 — November 2008
Sweet Ciderby Em Hussain
A community is in crisis. Two Pakistani girls have run from their families: one is hunted, the other forgotten.
Their bid for freedom has led them to an Asian women’s refuge in a nearby northern town. But with dialogue between the generations impossible, the girls soon ask themselves how sweet freedom really is.
A poignant story of fractured family ties, SWEET CIDER was the debut play by Em Hussain.
Supported by The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation and The Leche Trust.
Director Kristine Landon-Smith
Designer Sue Mayes
Lighting Design Natasha Chivers
Sound Design Mike Furness
Dramaturg Philip Osment
"Tamasha means commotion or creating a stir, and Sweet Cider does just that. The fact that this is author Emteaz Hussain’s dramatic debut is even more stirring as it displays remarkable maturity and lyrical grace."
- What's On Stage
"Stephanie Street is revelatory as a young girl burdened by the false promise of freedom. Her eventual breakdown provides a shocking end to an assured debut."
- Time Out