Woman stands against Niqabi Ninja artwork
Niqabi Ninja. Image by MIhaela Bodlovic.

Niqabi Ninja by Sara Shaarawi is a graphic-novel style revenge story about one woman’s transformation into a Cairene vigilante, as she attempts to right the wrongs of the male violence she sees all around her.

Combining street artwork, audio-story performance and a walk through your city, you are invited to immerse yourselves in Hana’s world. 

Searing with dark comedy this is a fearless reflection on the lengths women are willing to go to keep themselves and others safe. 

Intimate, visceral and pulsating with a soundtrack to inspire your own resistance against gendered and state violence, this will be an intimate performance to be experienced in pairs or small groups.

Originally written in reaction to the 2012-2014 mob sexual assaults in Tahrir Square, this is a universal story about rape culture, and the male violence that operates across the world.

Sara Shaarawi is a playwright from Cairo who is now based in Glasgow.

We understand that the content and form of this work could be triggering for people.  

Whilst we invite people who have to endure male and misogynistic violence to experience what we have made (including but not exclusive to women, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people), we understand if you choose not to. In fact we especially encourage those for whom this is not a daily threat to engage with this performance. 

If you would like any further information or a transcript of the performance before you attend please email access@independentartsprojects.com 

We offer this piece of work as a contribution to the struggle. We hope that eventually – together – things can be forced to change and all those who encounter male and misogynistic violence can be safe on the street, in their homes or wherever the hell else they want to be. 

Sara Shaarawi is a playwright from Cairo who is now based in Glasgow. She has had her work performed at the Tron Theatre (Glasgow), Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh), Village Pub Theatre (Edinburgh), Platform (Easterhouse), Rich Mix (London) and the CCA (Glasgow). Sara also took part in the Playwrights Studio Scotland’s 2015 Mentoring Programme and the National Theatre of Scotland's Breakthrough Writers programme in 2016.  In 2017 she was one of the recipients of the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland’s New Playwright’s Awards, and received a Starter programme bursary with the National Theatre of Scotland. Also in 2017, she partnered with the Workers Theatre to crowdfund and create Megaphone, a new bursary aimed at supporting artists of colour based in Scotland. Other credits include the dramaturgy, performance and translation of One Day in Spring (Oran Mor/NTS) and Here’s the News from Over There (Northern Stage), and project managing the Arab Arts Focus showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017. sarashaarawi.com

Catrin Evans is a theatre-maker, academic and activist based in Glasgow, where she is the Head of Creative Learning at The Citizens Theatre. Directing work includes: I Hear The Image Moving (Tramway); Endurance (A Moment's Peace); Dear Scotland (National Theatre of Scotland); Leaving Planet Earth (Grid Iron/Edinburgh International Festival); Some Other Mother (The Tron); The Sweet Silver Song of the Lark (A Play, A Pie & A Pint) & The Chronicles of Irania (A Moment's Peace). As a writer her credits include: The Land Beneath My Feet (Dundee Rep); The Duchess' Army (Stage to Page, Rehearsed Reading); Thank You (A Play, A Pie & A Pint plus an adaption for BBC Scotland Radio); We had Song (Stellar Quines, Rehearsed Reading); The Jean Jacques Rousseau Show, Demons, To Hell and Back (A Play, A Pie & A Pint as part of writing group the DM Collective). She founded and oversees the work of A Moment's Peace Theatre Company, whose reputation for delivering innovative participatory arts projects across Scotland marks them out as a leading player in the socially-engaged arts community. Catrin completed an AHRC-funded practice-based PhD at the University of Glasgow in 2020.

Independent Arts Projects (IAP) is a Leith-based producer of performance projects. IAP projects are artist-led & often explore identity, representation, or our contemporary world and aim to help us make sense of how we live our lives. We make creative works and experiences with people across Scotland and beyond. www.independentartsprojects.com

Independent Arts Projects in association with Hewar Company for Independent Theatre and Performing Arts.
Co-commissioned by Shubbak Festival and co-presented with Artsadmin. Supported by British Council Arts Digital Collaboration Fund & Creative Scotland’s Sustaining Creative Development Fund.



Thur 8–Sat 17 July 2021
Closed Mon 12 & Tues 13

7–9.30pm (every 30mins)

This audio-led journey lasts 60 minutes.
It takes place outside in the vicinity of Artsadmin. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
Suitable for 16 years+
Content guidance
Artsadmin is a fully accessible venue.


£12, £10, £8
Limited capacity, please book in advance. Contact the venue for tickets and further information.
020 7650 2350

Book now


Toynbee Studios,
28, Commercial Street,
London E1 6AB
Plan your visit
View on map

Related Events

Online Conversation

Join Sara Shaarawi and the creative team.
Live captioning available. BSL interpretation available on request.

Mon 12 July 2021


Free, but booking required.

Book now