DERVISH Presents

The Crows Plucked Your Sinews



A one woman play about Somalis in Britain and Britain in Somalia.

Based on real events and featuring the epic lyrical tradition of Somalia, The Crows Plucked Your Sinews is a unique exploration of the violence of empire and the poetry of resistance.

May 2011: A young Somali woman sits in the dark of a Woolwich council house watching the assassination of Osama Bin Laden unfold on TV. Upstairs her ailing grandmother is talking to ghosts.

August 1913: The British are at war…in the Horn of Africa. In the interior of British Somaliland the hunt for the ‘Mad Mullah’ is on. A woman dervish warrior searches the body of a British Tommy. In the morning the killing will begin.

Soon these two worlds will collide and change everyone’s lives.



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Credits & Acknowledgments

Written and Directed by Hassan Mahamdallie
Performed by Yusra Warsama
Visuals by Rachel Gadsden
Film by Adam Radolinski
Assistant Director Jamil Dhillon

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