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One woman play about child marriage comes to three Off West End venues

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NEW young writer/director AJ is presenting his one woman play Aisha at three Off West End venues – the Old Red Lion Theatre from December 3 to December 8, the King’s Head Theatre on December 9 and 10, 2018, and the Tristan Bates Theatre on January 4 and 5, 2019.

Aisha is about an underage girl forced by her parents to marry a 51-year-old man at the age of 14.

Aisha is sold in exchange for an expensive bride-price, a bride-price that Aisha’s parents use to better themselves and abandon their daughter: an act justified by cultural and religious traditions.

The man that Aisha is forced to marry and live with is sadistic and abusive. She is forbidden to leave the house; communicate with the outside world; shower or bathe herself on a regular basis; and is denied every human right. How will she continue to cope?

Aisha is performed by Alex Jarrett, who can be seen in the BBC’s Les Miserables mini-series, alongside David Oyelowo, and Dominic West, in January 2019. She is also the former Young Major of Newham.

Twenty five-year-old writer, director and producer AJ, who was raised in Woolwich, South East London, said: “I strive to create unconventional and thought-provoking work that audience members can deeply engage with. Theatre should be and can be used as a medium to transform society. Aisha is a clear representation of this; I chose to artistically portray the grave effect child marriage can have on a child, in hope that the conveying of this will bring to light a social-ill that is somehow dangerously overlooked.”

Production company Ailia is creating a new theatre for radical, free-spirited artists; and the open-minded spectator.

Tickets: Old Red Lion: £16, £14 concessions; King’s Head Theatre: £18, £17 concessions; Tristan Bates Theatre: £16, £14.50 concessions.

Times: Old Red Lion Theatre – 7.30pm with Saturday matinee at 3pm; King’s Head Theatre – 7pm; Tristan Bates Theatre – 7.30pm.

Running Time: 80 minutes.