The National Theatre of Scotland and Contact

Tue 19-Sat 23 May

Rites is a powerful and provocative new production exploring the deep-rooted cultural practice of Female Genital Mutilation.

Rites – Trailer from National Theatre of Scotland on Vimeo.

This ritual of enforced cutting has been performed for centuries and millions of girls worldwide, often as young as five years old, are still subjected to it. The reasons are complicated. It depends who you are, and it depends what you’ve been taught. Some things are simple though: FGM is still happening across the world. FGM is happening in the UK, here and now.

Rites is based on recent interviews and true stories from girls affected across the UK; mothers who feel under pressure to continue the practice, and the experiences of midwives, lawyers, police officers, teachers and health workers trying to effect change in communities. The show weaves different perspectives into a multi-voiced production exploring the complexities, misconceptions and challenges involved in trying to change, what is to many, a fundamental rite of passage.

National Theatre Scotland return to Mayfest following 2012’s smash hit The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.

Created by Cora Bissett and Yusra Warsama
Directed by Cora Bissett (RoadKill, Glasgow Girls)
Sound Design/Composer Patricia Panther (Glasgow Girls)
Video Designer Kim Beveridge (RoadKill)

A co-production between the National Theatre of Scotland and Contact

BSL interpreted 21 May


There is no counting the ways in which Cora Bissett’s production shatters disturbs and challenges us’ ★★★★★ – The Scotsman (On RoadKill)

More vibrantly alive than any piece of theatre I’ve seen in Scotland for years.”★★★★★ – The Herald (on The Strange Undoing of Prudentia Hart, Mayfest 2012)

Wednesday 20th May 7.30pm – Post Show

Thursday 21st May after women only matinee  – Post Show

Friday 22nd May – Mayfest Soap Box feat. Integrate Bristol 7.30pm

The National Theatre of Scotland was established in 2006 and has created over 200 productions. Being a theatre without walls and building-free, the Company presents a wide variety of work that ranges from large-scale productions to projects tailored to the smallest performing spaces. In addition to conventional theatres, the Company has performed in airports, schools, tower blocks, community halls, ferries and forests.

Contact is the national contemporary arts organisation that places young people’s decision-making and leadership at the heart of everything. Young people aged 13+ work alongside its staff in deciding its artistic programme, making staff appointments and serving as Board members. The result is a remarkable, diverse and exciting programme for everyone – whatever your age. Based on Manchester’s vibrant Oxford Road Corridor, Contact develops young arts practitioners from first engagement to established professionals, boldly re-imagining how a theatre for young people should look and feel.



Photo credit Farrows Creative

Rites – in rehearsal from National Theatre of Scotland on Vimeo.



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Start Date
May 19, 2015
End Date
May 23, 2015
7.30pm (Tue preview perfomance); 21 May, 12.30pm (Thu Women Only Matinee); 23 May, 2.30pm (Sat Mat)
Age Guidance
Box Office Number
0117 902 0344
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