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Sabina England had been featured in local & national publications such as BITCH, Mosaics, the Guardian (UK), just to name a few. When she was 21 years old, she landed her first playwriting opportunity with Kali Theatre Company, which read her one-act play, Chess for Asian Punks, Greek Losers, and Dorks, at Theatre Royal Stratford East in London, UK. She went on to have had various of her plays given staged readings, but it wasn't until in 2009 that she had her first professional theatrical production, How the Rapist was Born, which was produced in London.
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How The Rapist Was Born
a uniformed nurse stands beside a female patient in a bed, a group of schoolgirls begin a song that matches the play's title. Where are we? What's going on in this hospital? Or is it a hospital? - at times the dialogue appears to suggest a domestic setting with a kitchen next door; the nurse goes home leaving the woman's daughter in charge. are we perhaps just in the patient's mind as we watch a continually changing relationship between a Muslim mother and her daughter who we gather is the child born after a rape, a rape by a violent white man with whom the daughter Charley identifies - a white imperialist not a dark-skinned Muslim. Sabina England has ambitiously tried to interweave a whole lot of underlying themes and used boldly non-naturalist forms to do so. There is the love-hate relationship of host and incoming cultures, of child and parent, colonial exploitation, a suggestion of a sex-slave prisoner echoing the constraints of arranged marriage or perhaps any gendered pairing, inheritance of violent tendencies, failed aspirations.
- Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide
part of double bill "Double Dutch Expresso"
Theatre Waah!, Kali Theatre Co and Talawa Theatre Company
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