Three female Kurdish Freedom Fighters sit side by side inside a shelter. The one to the far left has a gentle smile. In white, the words Children of Fire is at the lower third of the image. There are beams of light around the "of" in the title that harken to the sun on the Kurdish flag.


A Nightwood Theatre Production with support from Aluna Theatre
Created and written by Shahrzad Arshadi and Anna Chatterton
Verbatim text translated by Shahrzad Arshadi
Directed by Beatriz Pizano
Sound Design and Editing by Cosette Pin

Featuring Shahrzad Arshadi, Anna Chatterton, Nyiri Karakas, Raha Javanfar and Bahareh Yaraghi

Children of Fire is an intimate portrayal of the Kurdish female freedom fighters that hosted Shahrzad Arshadi and Anna Chatterton in the mountains of Kurdistan in 2018. Co-created with a mix of verbatim theatre and first-person confessional, this play follows the journey and layered relationship across cultures between Shahrzad and Anna, and asks what is at the heart of living bravely as a woman and an activist.

Content warning: while this show does not include any physical depiction of violence, it does include verbal recounting of violence, mental and physical torture, assault, and genocide.

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Special thanks to Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada for making the CHILDREN OF FIRE podcast and our additional engagement opportunities possible.

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