Preview: Abi Zakarian’s Fabric at Soho Theatre and Tour


Damsel Productions today announces Abi Zakarian’s Fabric in support of Solace Women’s Aid, a charity which works to bring an end to the harm done through domestic and sexual violence. Hannah Hauer-King directs a brand new production with Nancy Sullivan as Leah.

Opening at Soho Theatre on 13 September, with previews from 11 September, and closing on 22 September, the production then tours to non-traditional theatre spaces in four of Solace’s target London boroughs from 24 September to 6 October.

“I’m revolting. According to his mum. According to everyone.”

Leah is smart, kind, recently promoted, and finally seems to ‘have it all’ when she gets to be the Mrs to Mr Ben Cavendish. But she finds herself revolting; revolting against a society and a judicial system that just won’t listen. Fabric gives voice to one woman’s experience of sexual violence and trauma. Through Leah we bear witness to how grey areas seep into everyday life, and how a million small things – some seemingly harmless – can result in one terrible act.

Following performances at Soho Theatre, Fabric will tour to non-traditional theatre spaces in four of Solace’s target boroughs – Hammersmith and Fulham, Southwark, Islington and Camden. Alongside the show there will be a workshop programme on sexual violence prevention – with three different workshops offered in each borough:

  • Violence prevention for young people
  • Bystander intervention for women
  • Specialist panel with Q&A

Further details of the tour will be announced shortly.

Co-founders of Damsel Productions, Kitty Wordsworth and Hannah Hauer-King, said today, “After our recent production Grotty – a piece focused on the lesbian experience in London – Damsel continues to prioritise projects that explore under-represented narratives and engage with broader audiences. Our production of Fabric pursues the same ethos of working with all-women teams, to promote and cultivate visibility for women focused narratives. Through working with Solace we hope to extend the play’s reach and audience, by bringing the production to non-conventional theatre venues around London.”

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