The Shroud Maker - 2016 - 2019

Written and Directed by: Ahmed Masoud

Designed by Dima Karout

Performed by: Julia Tarnoky 

Tours: London, Manchester, Liverpool, Plymouth, Dublin, Greenbelt Festival, Milton Keynes, Greenwich Theatre

Hajja Souad, an 80-year old Palestinian woman living on the besieged Gaza Strip, knows about business. She has survived decades of wars and oppression through making shrouds for the dead. A compelling black comedy, The Shroud Maker delves deep into the intimate life of ordinary Palestinians to weave a highly distinctive path through Palestine’s turbulent past and present. Loosely based on a real life character still living in Gaza, this one-woman comedy weaves comic fantasy and satire with true stories told first hand to the writer, and offers a vivid portrait of Palestinian life in Gaza underscored with gallows humour.


"The mixture of comical yet painful words bring a unique balance of heartache and laughter to the dark satire of Masoud’s script, and the audience is left with tears in their eyes even as they try to laugh at Souad’s attitude" Middle East Monitor

"While the context of the performance adds an extra layer of tragedy, Masoud's gallows humour is more than welcome" Ceasefire Magazine

"Pangs of pain and heartache accompany the dark satire of Masoud's script, and the audience are left with tears in their eyes even as they try to laugh grimly to Hajja's no-nonsense attitude. The final scene is met with a standing ovation, claps filling the studio which moments before trembled with anguish and heartbreak." The New Arab

The Script is published by Oberon Books, you can buy it here