After years living in Britain, Ayesha’s world is turned upside down when she is forced back into a culture she no longer accepts.

Fair Exchange | Playmakers Festival | Tabard Theatre

 “Trust me, this path you are seeking…this path will be easier…but only once you marry.”

Every year, the Forced Marriage Unit deals with hundreds of cases in the UK in an attempt to provide support and advice to victims. In 2012, the FMU dealt with 1485 cases of forced marriage and more than half the victims were under 21.  Forced Marriage is defined as where one or both parties do not consent to the marriage and pressure is used to make them. This pressure can take many forms, from financial pressure, emotional blackmail or psychological pressure, and threats of or actual physical or sexual violence.

Madhia Hussain’s innovative piece of writing tackles this contemporary reality faced by British Muslim families through the eyes British Pakistani Ayesha. After years living in Britain, Ayesha’s world is turned upside down when she is forced back into a culture she no longer accepts. Fair Exchange follows the story of one young woman as she struggles to fight for who she is, not who she is expected to be.

About the writer:
Madhia Hussain graduated from London South Bank University with a degree in English with Creative Writing. Her first play Fair Exchange debuted at Unveiled a night of four new short plays by Written Foundations Theatre Company. The play has now been developed into a 50-minute piece for the Playmakers Festival at Tabard Theatre.

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Fair Exchange was chosen from almost 200 submissions for the week long Playmakers Festival 2015, an event which showcases some of the finest new scripts in London at the Tabard Theatre. The festival takes place on the 30th March – 4th April.

Mekzy Hussain – Ayesha

Mekzy is currently in her final year studying Drama & Theatre performance at Goldsmiths University. Her recent work includes: Live Script Read (Buff Festival, Channel 4), Handle with Care (The Bridge Media Company) The Others (Courtyard Theatre), Blasted (Courtyard Theatre), The Etude (National Youth Theatre) and the up and coming short film Dim Squad (Enuff Talk Productions). Mekzy also works in T.V, Film and has done Commercial Modelling.

Sumit Chakravarti – Adam
Born in Northamptonshire, Sumit moved to London in 1993 with his family. He then attended Lister School, a specialist Performing Arts school. He then went on to study a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts at College and gained admission to the Arcola Academy in London to study Semi-Professional Dramatics. He is the academy’s longest serving member. He later went onto Drama School at The Identity School of Acting.

Nim Johnson – Asha
Nim trained at Guildhall and has worked in TV and film as well as Theatre. Her recent work include: Maneet Kaur, 100 Days of UKIP (Channel Four) and Aunty Hanifa in new web series  YOMO (Melvin Ohoom) . She has also appeared as Mrs Mirza in Doctors (BBC). Theatre work includes: Natasha in Three Sisters, the Wife in The Stronger, Melissa in Party Time and Wendy in Blind Date.

Shiv Sharma – Tahib
Shiv Sharma is a London born actor of Indian descent. He most recently appeared in What Was Yet To Come, a reworking of Seneca’s Trojan Women at the John Lyon Theatre. He was also in the City Lit Rep Company’s production of The Snow Queen. Shiv also works with Outside Edge Theatre Company and was in their productions of Sign Of The Times and The Outside Edge Cabaret last year. He has also recently completed filming a short film with them which is as yet untitled. Shiv is undergoing training at the City Lit drama school


Director – Andrew Twyman
Producer – Ellie Claughton
Light Designer/Stage Manager – Matt Sykes
Production Designer – Emily-May Sions
Sound Designer/Composer – Tamara Douglas-Morris