Written by Omar El-Khairy & Tanya Singh
When a woman conquers her lover, she breaks him apart, piece by piece.
As their nation rises from the rubble of a defeated colonial regime, the villagers of Wad Hamid must adjust to radical social changes. Amidst new freedoms, quixotic young Naima dreams of creating a better future. But her equally headstrong mother, Hafeeza, has other designs - and is hiding secrets of a turbulent past.
Thirty years earlier, Hafeeza's brother Mustafa entered the decadent world of jazz age London, a stranger navigating a city in flux.
Naima unravels his story from the remnants of his shattered life - newspaper headlines, torn photographs, a broken string of pearls. Lover, comrade, murderer, which is he?
Naima unravels ...
a beautiful, tightly-written and condensed version of a complex story … Director Tanya Singh does particularly well at overlapping the two time periods … stunning
highly ambitious ... visually gorgeous
... a delightful sensuous experience
— Broadway Baby
a script with real human energy
Burst premiered at the Zoo Venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010.
Loosely inspired by Tayeb Salih's postcolonial classic Season of Migration to the North, our Edinburgh production took the elliptical story of Mustafa Sa'eed as a starting point from which we developed our own narrative and a new set of characters. To our knowledge, this is the first time that this groundbreaking novel had ever been fully adapted for the stage.
Paper Tiger is now looking to re-explore the novel and Burst further, and is thus seeking developmental support.