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  • The Body Remembers

    Wed 20 Mar at 7:15pm
    Tickets £8 + booking fee (work-in-progress)
    'Shout me when you're 18, beautiful.' Some of them don't even want to wait, they just ask for my snap.

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    'What you telling me, you look sweet still. How old are you? Ah what, 13? Shout me when you're 18, beautiful.' Some of them don't even want to wait, they just ask for my snap.

    The Body Remembers follows Karima, an Arab teenager in Lewisham suffering from the impacts of sexual assault. As she struggles to comprehend what has happened, Karima takes us on her journey, questioning how age, race and class affects her safety, sharing the challenges of her traditional father, whilst unveiling the insidious world that normalises blaming the victim.

    Revealing the darkness in the concealed corners of Lewisham, poetry and storytelling combine in this raw performance written and performed by Rofeda Bougaga. The Body Remembers forces us to confront the predatory danger young girls experience growing up. By using fiction, the artist’s lived experience alongside shared stories from women in the borough, this performance refuses to shy away from the big questions: who is responsible, and who can make a change?  

    Writer and Performer: Rofeda Bougaga
    Director: Amber Ruby
    Creative Producer: Roisin Feeny
    Writing Mentor and Dramaturg: Eva Edo

    Content Notice
    Running Time 50 mins
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Content Notice
    Content NoticeContains strong language and adult themes including sexual assault, violence and trauma. Age guidance 14+
    Health Notice
    Health NoticeStrobe lighting
    "Vital and vibrant"
    The Stage on Fire in the Machine on previous work
    "Powerhouse of a play."
    The Upcoming on Wow Everything Is Amazing on previous work
    "Really impressive piece of work."
    Audience feedback
    "Very well performed, beautiful storytelling and adeptly switching between characters, locations and timeframes."
    Audience feedback
    "It had real impact because you could tell it was real and came from young people themselves, using creative means to share their stories. Young people are the experts in their own lives."
    Audience feedback
    "Brilliantly put together. Thought-provoking, moving and incredibly clever. Congratulations to all involved."
    Audience feedback

    "It is precisely these types of projects, involving these types of people, in these types of theatres that make London what it is."

    The Lancet