When Madonna was Dying

Brady Arts Centre 192-196 Hanbury Street London E1 5HU
Bangladesh at 50, Drama, Dance and Performance
Sunday 28th November 2021 (19:30-20:30)
Syeda Saima Ahmed
Bishwo Shahitto Kendro (BSK) UK presents When Madonna was Dying


On 25th March 1971, Operation Searchlight genocide wiped out thousands of Bengalis in what was then East Pakistan.   War broke out and the biggest international source of support for independence came from expats living in the UK.

Over the next nine months, women's groups mobilised support from London to Birmingham and beyond. They organised demonstrations, hunger strikes, cultural shows, pop up food-stalls and collected donations. The march in April saw more than 300 women walk hand in hand towards central London. These included mothers, pregnant women, young wives, students, restaurant workers and owners all.

Written by Bulbul Hasan and directed by Syeda Saima Ahmed, When Madonna was Dying is the story of the women activists in 1971 in the UK. It is ‘herstory’– depicting those many known and unknown women who were the forerunners in raising voices for freedom.

£10/£8 concessionary

Part of the Freedom and Independence Theatre Festival, in partnership with A Season of Bangla Drama.

About the company

 BSK UK is an established name on London’s cultural scene.  The organisation tries to tie the communities together by bringing in classic literature in English and also by working with local and regional organisations to create art that reflects local issues.