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   Sohaya Visions & Mukul & Ghetto Tigers present  

Mabruka's Lament

by Marc Littman

directed by Mukul Ahmed

Mabruka’s Lament tells the story of a young Yazidi woman trying to follow her dreams while all around her family and community expectations hem her in. One day she meets a mysterious man. While they fall for each other, she also learns some disturbing truths.


Touching upon Yazidi and Sunni tensions in the deserts of Iraq at a time before Da’esh (ISIL) terrorised the community, MABRUKA’S LAMENT is both a seductive romance and a Shakespearean tragedy.

audience feedback

I have been enlightened with cultures and religions I have never heard of, motivating me to learn more about the truth.

It was very well made, tightly knit, and did get me thinking about the entire Yazidi community.

Insightful and educational.

The Shakespearean reference really adds up to the anticipation. I like the non-Eurocentric twist. I hope Act 2 shows us something unexpected.

The story and acting is very powerful. It was realistic, multilayered, and full of tensions between family members.

It was entertaining as well as highlighting a plight of a minority community

Release it serially!

I wasn’t expecting to be this invested in the story. The actors’ delivery was amazing.

The play deals with universal themes – love, traditions dreams and hopes but a snapshot of a world that is not necessarily known.


Mabruka's Lament Act 1: R&D drama filmed at Pinter Studio


Rez Kabir, Suzanne Kendall, Kareem Nasif and Celine Shamdasani

Guest appearance:

Samantha Shuchismita


Raminder Kaur and Mukul Ahmed


Esme Solomon

Stage Manager:

Isobel Hobby Norris

Lighting Designer:

Tracey Hammill

Projections Designer:

Jules Deering

Sound Designer:

Tarun Jasani

Photographer and Filmmaker:

Sol Carroll

For details about a new RAFTA scriptwriting competition for creative and unique scripts against extremism, intolerance and xenophobia, see RAFTA 2023 The deadline for submissions is January 20, 2024. The winning script will receive £500 with the commitment to produce it for the stage. 5 runners-up will be selected for rehearsed script readings.

For more information on the genocide 

see Women for Justice and Yazda

Rehearsed script-reading

Sunday October 15, 2023, 6.30pm

Crawley Museum, 103 High St, Crawley RH10 1DD


R&D staged performance

Saturday October 28, 7.30pm

Pinter Studio, ArtsONE, QMUL, Mile End Rd, London E1 9PA

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