“The Alfred Fagon Award is unique."
Michael Abbensetts, winner 2004
Supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation
Cuttin’ It by Charlene James

Cuttin’ It by Charlene James

‘We’re opposites, even though we came from the same, she’s nuttin’ like me, an that shames me.’

Teenagers Muna and Iqra get the same bus to school but they’ve never really spoken. Muna wears Topshop and sits on the top deck gossiping about Nicki Minaj’s latest beef, while Iqra sits alone downstairs in her charity shop hand-me-downs. They were both born in Somalia but come from different worlds. But as they get closer, they realise that their families share a painful secret.

Tackling the urgent issue of FGM in Britain, Charlene James’ devastating play reveals the price some girls pay to become a woman.

Cast and creatives
Muna Adelayo Adedayo
Iqra Tsion Habte

Director Gbolahan Obisesan
Designer Joanna Scotcher
Sound Designer and Composer Adrienne Quartly
Lighting Azusa Ono

A Royal Court/Young Vic co-production with Birmingham Rep, Sheffield Theatres and The Yard

14 –18 June 2016
The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP

20 May – 11 Jun
Young Vic

23 June –13 July 2016
The Royal Court Theatre, London, SW1W 8AS

20 –13 July 2016
Sheffield Crucible, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

26 –30 July 2016
The Yard Theatre, Unit 2a Queen’s Yard, London E9 5EN


Awards for Cuttin’ It

First heard on BBC Radio 4
Winner of ‘Best Single Drama’ in the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2016.

George Devine Award for most promising playwright.


5 stars Shining example of a play tackling a burning contemporary issue and getting it absolutely right.”
Evening Standard
4 stars “Gripping, heartfelt and heartbreaking”
The Guardian
4 stars “Searingly potent and devastatingly powerful.”
The Times
4 stars A starkly eloquent production.”
The Independent
4 stars Brilliantly sharp – holds the audience spellbound.
Time Out
4 stars Unforgettable with brilliant performances.”
The Daily Telegraph
4 stars Superbly written and beautifully performed.”
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