Humera (Play)

Humera, by Fatima Maan (play)

Date: 28 June 2018 | Venue: SOAS Alumni Lecture Theatre | 1600-1730

Conf 17 Fatima Humera

Set in an upper-middle class tuition center in Lahore in 2016, Humera is a full-length play that chronicles a chapter in the lives of three Pakistani teenagers from differing religious, cultural, and economic backgrounds. It examines their intertwined stories through the lens of religion and sexuality, and gauges the impact of such elements on the choices they make. Humera questions the treatment and perception of religious and sexual minorities across social strata of modern day Pakistan, and explores how the youth view these topics in light of the clash between their religious education (passed on to them by their parents and society) and their more open-minded and ambiguous interplay with peers. Filled with dark humour, Humera offers a snapshot of shifting mindsets, inner conflict, and taboos around spirituality and love.

Directed by Vicky Zhuang Yi-Yin and Fatima Maan.

The play will be followed by a Q&A with the directors.