by Dacia Maraini
Translated by Sharon Wood

Thursday, 6 March 2014 at 2:00pm

“He grabs me by the hair, drags me into the kitchen, throws me on the floor. He hits me while I am on my knees, he yanks at my plait as if he wants to pull it right off, once he cut it with the huge shearing shears. I don’t have any hair any more. It doesn’t matter how much I scream, beg or cry, all I get is kicks.”

New Shoes Theatre returns to the Finborough Theatre with Hurried Steps as part of their 2014 International Women’s Day tour, playing for one performance only on Thursday, 6 March 2014 at 2.00pm.

Hurried Steps originally received its British premiere at the Finborough Theatre in 2009. The powerful hour-long play is inspired by real testimonies from Amnesty International and retells eight stories from around the world. The play was originally created for Amnesty International to spark a global debate about domestic abuse and the stark, no-frills performance is written to stimulate an hour-long discussion between the audience and a panel of local fieldworkers and experts in the field of domestic abuse.

Originally created as part of the international project Passi Affretatti (Hurried Steps), the play has ignited a global debate about the impact of violence against women and has already been performed worldwide and translated into six languages.

“With hurried steps these women flee from pain and discrimination. Inspired by real facts reported by Amnesty International, the text is a testimony, an accusation, a gesture of solidarity and acknowledgement of all the women who are still prisoners of a forced marriage, of a violent family, of a hustler, of tradition or of age-old discriminations which are so difficult to overcome.” Dacia Maraini


Dacia is a renowned Italian playwright, novelist, poet, journalist and has been a champion of women’s issues since the 1970’s, speaking fearlessly against any action that impinges women’s rights. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature and shortlisted for the International Man Booker Prize. A prolific playwright, her version of Mary Stuart is continuously performed worldwide including a production by La Mama in New York. Other UK productions include Dialogue Between A Prostitute And Her Client (Half Moon Theatre), directed by Ann Mitchell. Her novels, Voci, La Sono Mia, Memoirs of a Female Thief and Marianna Ucria were made into films and she has also written screenplays including Arabian Nights, directed by Pasolini. She has won the Formentor Prize, the Premio Fregene, the Premio Campiello and the Premio Strega awards.

Translator Professor Sharon Wood is Head of Modern Languages at Leicester University.


At the Finborough Theatre, Nicolette has directed Seed (2004), Love Child (2007) and Hurried Steps (2009). Trained at the Drama Centre, London.
Theatre includes The B3 Team (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and National Tour), Mary Stuart, named Time Out Critics' Choice (BAC), The Dreams of Clytemnestra (BAC), Mela (BAC), Antonino Calderone (MAC), Rachel Caine, Artist (The Bristol Old Vic Gallery), Alma Mahler (Etcetera Theatre and The Forum), The Cinderella Remix Story (Brighton Dome Studio), Mud (Etcetera Theatre), You Only Miss The Water When The Well Runs Dry (The Demarco Gallery and The Forum), He Who Pays The Piper (The Forum) and A Man Stands on a Podium (The Forum)
Film includes You Never Know, The Bullies, The Dissin’ Ark and 2Friends
She has recently given a Tedx Talk, Hidden Stories, Hurried Steps


Eugenia Caruso

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include the British Premiere of Hurried Steps (2009).
Trained at East 15.
Other theatre includes Truckstop for which she won The Stage Award for Best Actress at the Edinburgh Festival (Hampstead Theatre and National Tour) Romeo and Juliet (Almeida Theatre and National Tour), Narrating the Barbican (Barbican Theatre), The Wwo Noble Kinsmen and Morelight (Arcola Theatre), The Cinderella Remix Story (Brighton Dome Studio), Unexpected Item (Barbican Theatre and The People's Supermarket) Click (National Tour) and Tagore's Tigers (The Tagore Centre).
Film includes Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy and Chasing Robert Barker.

Emma Dennis-Edwards

Trained at East 15.
Theatre includes Clean (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and Off-Broadway in 2014), Millennium (Vineyard Theatre, New York), Crash (Arcola and Theatre North Wall Arts Centre), Talent (Soho Theatre), The Roaring Girl (Shakespeare’s Globe) A New World (Barbican Theatre and Shoreditch Town Hall), Bussin’ It (Ovalhouse and Camp Bestival) and Hurried Steps (National Tour).
Television includes BBC ident for Over the Rainbow.
Film includes Trap for Cinderella and The Naked Poet

Souad Faress

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Seed (2009) which she wrote.
Other theatre includes Homebody/Kabul (The Young Vic), The Permanent Way (National Theatre) , Celestial Cow (Royal Court Theatre) Television includes Being April, Prime Suspect 2, Inspector Morse, The Sarah Jane Adventures, SilentWitness, Holby City, Law And Order, The Bill, Trial And Retribution, Casualty, Family Affairs, EastEnders and Coronation Street. Film includes Sixth Happiness, (EMMA winner), My Beautiful Laundrette (Oscar nominated) and Bhaji On The Beach.
Radio includes the role of Usha Franks in The Archers.

Anthony Ofoegbu

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Death Of Long Pig (2009) and the British Premiere of Hurried Steps (2009).

Other Theatre includes Oedipus (Edinburgh and Spoleto US festivals), Twelfth Night (Nottingham Playhouse) Topdog/Underdog (Dublin Fringe Festival), Death and the King’s Horseman (National Theatre), This Child (Theatre Royal York), The Lion and the Jewel (The Young Vic), High Heel Parrotfish (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Meeting (Jepson Theatre, Richmond, Virginia), Twelfth Night (Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton), Long Time No See (Stratford Circus), Oedipus At Colonus (Nevada Conservatory Theatre), The Blond (The Space and Cockpit Theatre), The Twits (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Treemonisha (Hackney Empire), and The Beatification Of Area Boy (International Tour and West Yorkshire Playhouse) and King Baabu (South Africa and Lesotho Tour).
Film includes After the World Ended, Streets of Calalbar, Bad Day, Dead Room, Plato’s Breaking Point, The Killing Zone and Samson and Delilah. 
Television includes Moonfleet, 2point4 Children, Spooks, Casualty, Literacy and Numeracy, Chambers, Family Affairs and The Bill.
Radio includes Radio Repertory Drama member 1997-1998 (BBC).

Samuel Young

Trained at East 15.
Theatre includes The Education of Hitler (Tristan Bates Theatre).
Television includes WPC 56 and Doctors.


“The stories are hair-raising….. It’s BEAUTIFUL work from the Finborough, the actors, director and designers.” Blanche Marvin, London TheatreReviews

“The actors, three women and two men stood behind music stands, but this was to make the drama even more powerful. And power it was. It left one numb.” Keith Parkins, UKIndyMedia


Time Out Critics’ Choice

“Excellent performances and some stunning moments of violence” Owen Slot, The Independent

“Fascinating” Ann McFerran, Time Out

“Nicolette Kay directs the often exhilarating proceedings…a production of character” Brendan O’Keeffe, The Guardian


Thursday 6 March 2014 at 2:00pm

Tickets £5

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Directed by Nicolette Kay

Produced by Joe Brown

Presented by New Shoes Theatre in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.