Hameed & Sister

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Uzma’s Reviews

Sample Reviews for Uzma’s work

For A Dark River  (Written and Directed by Uzma Hameed, national tour, Edinburgh festival and London season):

“Ambitious and unique…transforms a triangular tale of love, jealousy and betrayal into a powerful almost mythical revenge tragedy” What’s On

“Torrid emotions spill over…inspiring production, at once stylish and captivating” The Independent

 “fuses text, movement, alluring costumes and haunting images to seductive effect…very accomplished stuffThe Scotsman


For Taj  (Written and Directed by Uzma Hameed, national tour & London season):

 “a beautiful and complex piece that weaves the big questions about life, suffering, death and immortality into a dramatic piece of Islamic history” The Stage

“Taj has a hallucinatory, poetic quality…hovering in a world between personal myth and fractured reality” Evening Standard

 “What marks out The Big Picture Company is its visual approach to its work…sensuous and thrilling” The Guardian


For Frankenstein (Written by Stephen Edwards, Directed by Uzma Hameed, Derby Playhouse):

“Uzma Hameed’s painterly staging of Mary Shelley’s classic…maintains a spirit of rational enquiry faithful to the book which feels startlingly prescient in the week of Christopher Reeves’ death…This Frankenstein is a persuasive composite of high-tech staging and old fashioned melodrama, so carefully fused you can barely see the bolt through its neck” The Guardian

“nightmare stuff in which each gruesome act is outstripped in shock value by the next…Ghostly video projections add menace, while pieces of scenery glide in and out, brilliantly lit for maximum impact” The Stage

“Uzma Hameed’s direction is more to be seen and admired not as something to creep the flesh and chill the blood… but for the way it exploits the resonant issue of genetic engineering” Derby Evening Telegraph


For Mary Stuart (Writer Friedrich Schiller,  Adapted & Directed by Uzma Hameed from Robert David McDonald’s translation, Derby Playhouse):

“puts the bitter hatred between Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart into a new cultural context that draws chilling parallels with Islam…seriously good drama powerfully staged” The Stage

“an intelligent meditation on the responsibilities and dilemmas of national security…That the play achieves this with elegance and a light touch is an unexpected bonus” Metro


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