The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing


Written and performed by Darina Al-Joundi


‘I’ve been waiting for you so I could tell you this story, my story, a true story’


On the night of her father’s funeral, Noun locks herself in the bedroom with his body, drowning out the sounds of the traditional suras of the Qur’an by putting on his favourite song Sinnerman by Nina Simone. A single door separates her from her outraged family, allowing Noun one last evening alone with him.


As she recounts the memories of her youth, lived according to her father’s liberal ideas of freedom for women, Noun begins to leave behind the lost paradise of her youth and steps closer to the terrifying reality of life in the Middle East, especially for a woman who pushes the limits.


Following its sell-out success in Avignon, Paris and Boston, the internationally acclaimed play makes its UK debut at the Chelsea Theatre as part of the Nour Festival 2015.


“…a story that flows like a surging river. The exceptional character that is Darina Al-Joundi […] will bring you to tears.” Le Monde


A feisty narrative that is wickedly funny.” Financial Times ****



Creative Team

Writer/Performer Darina Al-Joundi

Direction Alan Timar

Producer (France) Karim Bourtros Ghali

Producers (UK) Nour Festival Institut français

Associate Producers Lucy Phelps Nathalie Berrebi



26 October 2015, 7.30pm – Post show Q&A with Darina and invited guest Dr Helen Vassallo (University of Exeter)

 Tuesday 27th October 2015, 7.30pm



The show is performed in French with English surtitles Suitable for 16+. Contains some strong language and themes.


Tickets are available here.



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