DERVISH: The Crows Plucked Your Sinews

DERVISH: The Crows Plucked Your Sinews


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£11 FULL // £6 CONC.


  • BSL interpreted
  • Spoken Word
  • Theatre

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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, performed by Yusra Warsama, alongside a live music soundtrack, and beautiful visuals.

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 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.

Praise for The Crows...

  • 'Brings to life a woman dervish the likes of which you have never seen on a British stage.' - Madani Younis, Artistic Director, Bush Theatre
  • 'Strong story, powerful character.' - Audience member


  • Suitable for over 16s.
  • Presented by Dervish in association with The Albany and Contact.
  • Post-show talk on Thu 28 Jan.
  • BSL interpreted performance Thu 28 Jan, 7:30pm.
  • Written and directed by Hassan Mahamdallie.
  • Performed by Yusra Warsama.
  • Assistant director: Jamil Dhillon.
  • Oud Player: AbdElkader Saadoun.
  • Visuals:Rachel Gadsden.
  • Film: Adam Radolinski.
  • Creative Advisor: Ayaan Aden.

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