A one woman play about Somalis in Britain and Britain in Somalia

May 2011: A young Somali woman sits in the dark of a Woolwich council house watching the assassination of Osama Bin Laden unfold on TV. Upstairs her ailing grandmother is talking to ghosts.

August 1913: The British are at war… in the Horn of Africa. In the interior of British Somaliland the hunt for the ‘Mad Mullah’ is on. A woman dervish warrior searches the body of a British Tommy. In the morning the killing will begin. Soon these two worlds will collide and change everyone’s lives.

Based on real events and featuring the epic lyrical tradition of Somalia, The Crows Plucked Your Sinews is a unique exploration of the violence of empire and the poetry of resistance.



Playwright: Hassan Mahamdallie
Director: Hassan Mahamdallie
Performer: Yusra Warsama (2016) / Aisha Mohammed (2017)
Music: Abdelkader Saadoun
Visuals: Rachel Gadsden
Film: Adam Radolinski
Assistant Director: Jamil Dhillon

Praise for The Crows Plucked Your Sinews

“Hassan Mahamdallie has written a fine, important play about the way Britain’s foreign adventures are shaping one young London woman’s identity” – British Theatre Guide