Niqabi Ninja

Drama • Running Time: 45 mins
Written by Sara Shaarawi | Directed by Megan Furniss | Performed by Bianca Flanders and Loren Loubser
Niqabi Ninja is an avenging Superhero, born on the streets of Cairo, who is ready to seek out and avenge every single act of harassment she has experienced at the hands of men. She has a list, a record of injuries and a variety of punishments to mete out. Watch out men of Cairo. Niqabi Ninja has a score to settle, and she is coming after you. 

Set in Cairo during the chaotic time of the Egyptian uprising, Niqabi Ninja is an extraordinarily beautiful play giving two actresses a chance to explore the range and complexity of harassment against women, and one woman’s ability to develop a response. Written by emerging young playwright Sara Shaarawi, and directed by Megan Furniss, Niqabi Ninja is performed by Cape Town’s rising talents Bianca Flanders and Loren Loubser.The play premiers at The Alexander Bar on 18, 19, 20 July, for a showcase of three
Megan Furniss is a South African born playwright, actor, writer, director and improviser. She has spent all of her life involved in theatre and make-believe. Clouds Like Waves is her latest play. So far, it is the one she likes best. 

Megan graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1986 and worked as an actress before starting her own improvisation troupe in Cape Town. She has written and co-written numerous plays and musicals, performed and directed theatre and she improvises and teaches improv. She has self published a novel, and writes short stories for competitions.

The Tent, written in 2009, was published in an anthology of South African and Argentinian plays by Projecto 34? South, and was chosen as one of six African plays to be workshopped and showcased at the National Theatre Studio in London in 2011. Drive with Me, a one-woman show written and performed by Megan Furniss, won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the prestigious Grahamstown National Arts festival in 2013. Megan has also won a Fleur du Cap award for Innovation in Theatre. 

Bianca is an actress, voice artist and teacher based in the Western Cape. She graduated from UCT in 2011 with her degree in Theatre and Performance and then obtained her Post-graduate Certificate of Education in 2012, also from UCT. Her most recent productions include David Kramer's 'Blood Brothers', David Kramer's 'Orpheus in Africa', Jaco Bouwer's 'In Ongenade' and Mari Borstlap's 'Kristalvlakte' as well as Nadia Tass's film, 'American Girl'.

Loren Loubser is a 25 year old theatre and film actress and TV presenter. Her first professional production upon graduating from UCT (Theatre & Performance) in 2012; was An Absolute Turkey at The Theatre on the Bay (Armandine; a lady of the night). In 2013 she was a part of an all-female chorus cast for (B)itching Hour directed by Jacqui Singer and Gabrielle Pinto. Loren went on to play two contrasting characters in the play The Treatment directed by Thenjiwe Stemela. In 2013 to 2014 she collaborated with Ella Gabriel to produce two short films Two Actresses & Three Actresses. Her most recent work sees her as a lead in the short film Lifting Nick directed by award winning director and producer Ian Gabriel of Giant Films. Since 2014 Loren has worked extensively as a facilitator with a specific focus on youth and women empowerment using Theatre in Education to drive change. Loren hopes to use her annoyingly brilliant, husky voice for her talents beyond social media rants.

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