Islamaphobia was rampant in the wake of 9/11. Unveiled was written by Rohina Malik in response to that. Islamaphobia is a growing problem worldwide today and results in hate crimes, often directed against veiled women.
Gulshan Mia, the American based actress is South African born. Her family and friends are in at every performance supporting her. Not that she needs support. Her performance, directed by Wayne Maugans, is outstanding.
She creates five characters on stage. Maryam, a Pakistani immigrant; Noor, a Moroccan American; Inez, an African American convert or “revert”; Shabanay, a British born rapper; and Layla, a Palestinian immigrant. Each of them tells out her story. I shed a tear or two.
Works like this do their bit to bring about peace and harmony and counter hate. I wish this could visit every school, every church, every mosque, every temple in the country.
Unveiled is presented as part of the 969 Festival at Wits Theatre presented until 24 July 2016. Unveiled has only one more performance which is sold out.