Woman Bomb was written by multi-award winning Croatian playwright Ivana Sajko. It deconstructs the writer’s creative process as she develops the female suicide bomber character. We hear the bomber’s plans and intimate thoughts in the final moments before carrying out her mission to kill an unnamed politician, and the voices of the playwright who dialogues with, and challenges the character she has created.
Through the intertwining of an outer and inner play, the audience is challenged to re-examine conventional notions of ' a victim', 'a hero' and 'an instigator' in relation to a suicide mission. It brings into focus this most extreme form of human protest and the social order against which it is reacting. The Woman Bomb poses the question: “is this an act of heroism ending in my suicide, or is this a suicide hidden behind an act of heroism?”. The playwright offers no solution to this conundrum; there is no good or bad, right or wrong.
This production opened on the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.
"What’s so vitally potent about Woman Bomb is its position within British contemporary text-based theatre...It’s a worthy, brave and loud performance that holds together beautifully as an exercise in formal discourse, unleashing a powerful discourse on the politics of female suicide bombers along the way. There couldn’t have been a better time to ask the right questions."
Diana Damian (Dianadamian.com and RozRazil Online)