Piece of Silk 2016

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This is a true story 
Within a fairy tale 
Within a fable. 
It’s about magic and mystery and Goings on. 
It’s about my street, my blood, my 
Better-than-my-own family. 


Shaz, 19, has 1,212 . . . 1,213 followers on Vimeo, ‘Shaggytales’. Sister Dunya, 17, drums, shouts but doesn’t leave the house. They’ve never met their older brother from overseas, who comes to keep an eye on them while mum’s away. He has only their best interests at heart. So why do they fear for their lives? 

Piece of Silk was inspired by the Arabian Nights and draws on the shocking stories of women survivors of domestic violence and enforced marriage. This mixed media piece focuses on the concept that storytelling is a matter of life and death. Giants collaborated with Southall Black Sisters (SBS), Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) and artists from Not Shut Up, a collective for ex-prisoners, to inform the story.

Piece of Silk had a sell out run at the hope theatre, Islington in the summer of  2016 where it received critical acclaim from the communities we’d worked with and the press.

‘Buckman has a true understanding of subtext and human interaction – it is a superbly acted piece which leaves you on a high’
Female Arts

‘Lyrical, fierce and heart-breakingly authentic – The performances are outstanding’
London Pub Theatres

‘Piece of Silk is a beautiful, complex and compassionate portrayal of resilience and resourcefulness in the face of domestic violence and its repercussions in the community.’
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‘This is not easy theatre; at times it is difficult and hard to watch — but the challenge is well worth taking up.’
The Times

Production Credits

Jack Bence 
Heather Coombs
Devesh Kishore 
Samantha Shellie 
Tanya Vital 

Writer – Jennie Buckman
Director – Tania Azevedo
Producer – Alex Murphy
Assistant Producer & Marketing Officer – Diana Estrela
Casting Director – Leon Kay
Set and Costume Designer – Matilda Marangoni
Videographer, Sound Designer & Composer – Oddinn Hilmarsson
Lighting Designer – Clancy Flynn
Movement Director – Chloe Aliyanni