Promotional illustration for Sister Radio by Sara Shaarawi. A pale pink background with a navy graphic of a transistor radio in front of two doorways, one leading to a street in Tehran and the other to a street in Edinburgh. The words Promotional illustration for Sister Radio by Sara Shaarawi. A pale peach background with a navy graphic of a transistor radio in front of two doorways, one leading to a street in Edinburgh and the other to a street in Tehran. The words

Sister Radio

By: Sara Shaarawi

Lanna Joffrey as Fatemeh sits in an armchair. Nalân Burgess as Shirin is perched on the arm of the chair.

By: Sara Shaarawi

Directed by: Caitlin Skinner

Co-produced by: Stellar Quines and Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Co-commissioned by: Stellar Quines and Pearlfisher

Sisters Fatemeh and Shirin have been living together, in the same flat in Edinburgh, for 43 years. In this flat they cook, read their coffee grains, listen to the radio, and try to remember their childhoods in Tehran but they no longer talk to one another. When a global pandemic hits and the sisters are locked in their flat, they are forced to reckon with their memories of a betrayal that changed the course of their relationship.

“a moving portrait of lives set down unexpected paths by both political events and personal choices”

by The Times

“Sensitively written, directed and performed, this is a subtly piercing piece"

by The Stage

“Lanna Joffrey and Nalan Burgess deliver passionate, poignant performances.”

by The Scotsman

“it’s a powerful piece which has few words but mountains to say.”

by Reviews Hub

Cast

  • Lanna Joffrey

    Fatemeh

  • Nalân Burgess

    Shirin

Creative Team

  • Sara Shaarawi

    Writer

  • Caitlin Skinner

    Director

  • Becky Minto

    Set and Costume Designer

  • Kate Bonney

    Lighting Designer

  • Farzane Zamen

    Composer

  • Saffy Setohy

    Movement Director

  • Katy Nicolson

    Stage Manager

  • Alex Tosh

    Assistant Stage Manager

  • Dayna Cummings

    Deputy Stage Manager

  • Toby MacFarlane

    Sound Associate

  • Al Orange

    Production Manager (Tour)

  • Tessa Gordziejko

    Project Producer (Tour)

  • Beth Chalmers

    Videographer (show trailers)

  • Fraser Band

    Photographer (PFT)

About The Show

Sister Radio is a tender and evocative new play by Sara Shaarawi (Niqabi Ninja), co-produced by Stellar Quines and Pitlochry Festival Theatre. It was commissioned by Stellar Quines and Pearlfisher.

It is a vibrant yet nostalgic play reflecting on both migration and family as well as being a celebration of culture from two very different places.

Sister Radio premiered as part of the 2022 summer season at Pitlochry Festival Theatre and was the first show run in the theatre’s new Studio space. This was followed by a tour in Autumn 2022.

#SisterRadio

Nalân Burgess as Shirin is dancing dreamily. Nalân Burgess as Shirin and Lanna Joffrey as Fatemeh sit across from each other at a table and are both laughing
Nalân Burgess as Shirin is leaning over a transistor radio and tuning it
Images by Fraser Band
Lanna Joffrey as Fatemeh is sitting at a table reading a book Lanna Joffrey as Fatemeh is in the foreground standing with her arm raised and a sad expression on her face. Nalân Burgess as Shirin stands in the background Lanna Joffrey as Fatemeh is standing behind an Iranian samovar. She is looking down at Nalân Burgess as Shirin who is sitting next to the samovar

Trailer created by Beth Chalmers

Take Part

Two people are looking at the Shahre-Farang (Another Birth Remix) installation on their way into the theatre
Image by Fraser Band

We worked with artists, community groups and theatre venues on a variety of SQ Engagement activities during our Sister Radio tour. This work was made possible by funding from the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

  • Shahre-Farang (Another Birth Remix)

    Iranian-British artist Mina Heydari-Waite created an artwork installation in response to Sister Radio. Audiences experienced it at venues during the tour. 
    Find out more about the installation
  • Persian tea parties

    We hosted Persian tea parties for community groups alongside matinee performances at the Tron Theatre and Traverse Theatre. Derby Theatre also held a Persian tea with local company Maison Foo.
    Find out more about the parties
  • Sister: a poem by Marjorie Lotfi

    Iranian American writer Marjorie Lotfi wrote and recorded a poem in response to the play, our SQ Engagement work and events happening in Iran.
    Listen to the poem

Tour History

Press

  • Sister Radio world premiere at Pitlochry Festival Theatre

    Press release 29.06.2022

    Download
  • Sister Radio autumn 2022 tour anouncement

    Press release 15.09.2022

    Download

Our Partners