STAGE REVIEW: Liberation Squares @ Northern Stage (24.05.24) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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A masterful vindication of creative spirit against a social injustice that belongs to the world of fiction, Liberation Squares lit up the Northern Stage when it visited Newcastle on May 24th.

In an impactful performance, teenage girls Sabi (Asha Hassan), Ruqaya (Vaneeka Dadhria) and Xara (Halema Hussain) explore life as young Muslims navigating their way through society in the shadow of the so-called ‘prevent’ strategy, a policy of state surveillance thinly reasoned on the theory that it addresses religious extremism.

The rampant injustice and inherent prejudice surrounding the design and implementation of the policy is exposed after one of the girls (Xara) is anonymously reported to the police following an innocuous TikTok directed against her local library. The girls quickly realise that what they say – even what they think – is viewed very differently based on who they are.

The play addresses such sombre subject matter with verve, colour and heart. Brilliantly choreographed, the performances were assured and heartfelt. The staging was layered and beautifully designed for creative expression, there was beat-boxing, live streams, projections, light shows, dramatic monologues, rap and dance routines; the care and attention that has gone into this production was clear for all in attendance.  

The play warmly illuminates the lives of typical Muslim girls Sabi, Ruqaya and Xara, but to its great credit, it spotlights the excesses of a policy which is impacting so many more.

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