Photos: Helen Murray & Suki Mok

25 October —11 November 2017 London

By Sharon Raizada

Sleepless and sexless
Seductions and success
Can Ali and Rob survive it all? 

Ali is a new mum, loving wife and successful hair stylist. Two years after her son’s birth, things aren’t going to plan. She is stuck in a shabby local salon trying to make ends meet. Husband Rob is so intent on making it as an artist, he barely notices.

Their luck seems to change when glamorous Shoreditch gallery owners Suzanne and Nirjay launch Rob’s career. But what are they really after?

A biting take on parenting, sex and power

25 October —11 November 2017
Wed- Sat 7.30pm

Matinee Sat 28 October 3pm
BSL Sign Interpreted on Wed 1 Nov 7.30pm
Sign Interpreter Jacqui Beckford

Tristan Bates Theatre
1A Tower St  London WC2H 9NP
5 mins walk from Leicester Square underground
Box Office 020 3841 6611
Book online
Tickets £14 (£10 concessions)
Running time Approx 1hr 30mins No interval

Thursday 2nd November
Post show discussion with guest speakers including Rebecca Asher, author of Shattered: Modern Motherhood and Shaminder Nahal, Channel 4 Commissioner of Arts and Topical Programmes.

'an interesting play which raises some fascinating questions about how relationships really work...'

'Raizada gives us some sharp insider views of the emotional tugs-of-war that go on between married couples. Director Juliet Knight works wonders in the Tristan Bates small studio space'

'definitely a play worth going to see'

'Carries Raizada's trademark fieriness, physicality and shining satire'.
Asian Voice

'The dynamic shifts of emotion by Shireen Farkoy (Ali) were excellent, truly believable.”
BBC Radio 2

Audience Feedback
Really funny in parts, very relatable and really well acted.’
‘really interesting themes on class and how that interacts with marriage, relationships and parenthood’
‘a brilliant bit of writing. Very compelling characters and very well staged’

Cast  Shireen Farkhoy, Darren Douglas,
Viss Elliot Safavi, Robert Mountford
Director                         Juliet Knight 
Designer                       Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Lighting Designer        Jai Morjaria
Sound Designer           Rebecca Smith
Associate Director       Sita Thomas
Production Manager    Chris Firth  
Stage Manager              Charlotte R L Cooper  

As the gender pay gap runs rampant in the UK and the #BBCWomen demand urgent action to ‘rectify injustices’ following the BBC pay row in September, BITCHED looks at the endemic sexist structures of society through Ali’s struggle to get back to work at an appropriate level following having a child.

BITCHED asks how much are you prepared to give up for the perfect work-life balance? Your friends? Your career? Your husband? And is it worth the sacrifice?

Inspired by my own shock at becoming a mum, I want to look at the desires and tribulations of modern women through the polar opposites of Ali and Suzanne. BITCHED takes a witty, unflinchinglook at our lives as we try to negotiate the stresses of 21st century work, sex and kids – asking is it an impossible task? Or does something have to give? Can a woman really have it all?”  Sharon Raizada

Bitched is an exploration of two couples navigating the challenges and stresses of family life. According to the Modern Families Index 2017 “47% of families think that over the last two years it has become financially more difficult to raise a family. Parents are clear: family is the most important thing to them, but the twin currencies of time and money they need for their families to thrive are not available. Only one in five families feel they are getting it right”.

The Index shows that for many, work absorbs a large proportion of their time, and that this is not always a positive choice. Sharon Raizada’s fresh new play offers a much needed voice asking why parents struggle to fulfil their own needs and what is the cost? Why does having children and raising a family in a partnership seem to offer little value or financial reward for the stay at home parent? And what role do our employers and policy makers have in setting up a healthy home and work life balance?