Skip to main content

By Cora Bissett and Yusra Warsama. A Contact and National Theatre Scotland Co-production.

Rites is a powerful and provocative new production exploring the deep-rooted cultural practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM – sometimes called female circumcision).

Rites is based on recent interviews and true stories from girls affected in the UK, mothers who feel under pressure to continue the practice, and the experiences of midwives, lawyers, police officers, teachers and health workers trying to effect change in communities.

The show weaves different perspectives into a multi-voiced production exploring the complexities, misconceptions and challenges involved in trying to change what is to many, a fundamental rite of passage.

Created by Olivier award-winning director, Cora Bissett (Roadkill, Glasgow Girls) and acclaimed Mancunian theatre-maker Yusra Warsama (Make-Believe, There Has Possibly Been An Incident).

Upstaged Manchester

The Public Reviews

The Times

The Guardian

The Herald

The List

The Big Issue


Produced by National Theatre Scotland and Contact.
Supported by the Scottish Refugee Council and Dignity Alert Research Forum (DARF).


Created by Cora Bissett and Yusra Warsama.
Directed by Cora Bissett.
Sound Design / Composition by Patricia Panther.
Video Design by Kim Beveridge.