Unpack by Brishkay Ahmed
Unpack is set in the days following the arrival of the Taliban inside Afghanistan when Sama - a twenty-year-old with a disappearing future, leaves Kabul and arrives in Canada. Within the hours of her settlement into her new home away from home, we see and hear Sama unpack life and survival methods with her two settlement workers, who seem to want to do the best for her. While present-day needs are in the hands of the two settlement works, Sama’s present hours are interrupted by the past and the future as souls who know of her experience and the souls she left behind create an unsettling settlement process. Includes projection and dance.
Keywords: refugee, settlement, Afghanistan, Taliban, Burqa, Women, immigration, Canada
Genre: Drama, Play with Music, Dark Comedy
Run time: 60 minutes
Suitable for students 16+
Content note: Contains discussions of war and violence, references to acts of war and sounds of violence, drug use, domestic abuse, sexual assault.
Cast size: 9 actors
Male roles: 4
Female roles: 9
Trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming roles: 2
Other roles: 2
Musician roles: 1
Casting note: Sama must speak Dari or Farsi.