Prison Plaits

A brand new theatre production created and written by Shamila Sulaiman. Directed by Aaliyah McKay.

Wednesday 31 July – Sunday 4 August at 7.30pm
and Saturday 3 August at 2.30pm

Prison Plaits

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

All Tickets £20

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Wednesday 31 July at 7.30pm
Thursday 1 August at 7.30pm
Friday 2 August at 7.30pm
Saturday 3 August at 2.30pm
Saturday 3 August at 7.30pm
Sunday 4 August at 7.30pm

Trigger warnings – themes surrounding death, abuse, murder and mental illness.

Estimated running time: 100 mins including a ten minute interval to stretch those legs!

A comical and riotous story about two incarcerated women, running a hair salon at HMP Goldsmiths; who ultimately have to put their differences aside to uncover the truth behind the untimely death of their friend and fellow inmate.

Not just any ‘whodunnit’ story – this is a momentous experience; a phenomenal production that you do not want to miss. Be prepared to laugh, cry and don’t forget to throw on your investigative hat!

So … who’s ready to get their hair done at Prison Plaits?


Michaella Moore
Megan Samuel 
Douglas Wood 
(More to be announced)

Production team

Writer – Shamila Sulaiman 

Shamila Sulaiman is a passionate storyteller, an avid writer and a zealous director. Shamila embarked on her creative journey in 2015 and has written, directed and produced short films such as ‘Saving Me From Me’ and ‘Nails and Crosses’. Shamila’s love for creating dynamic and thought provoking pieces propelled her to make her playwright debut with ‘Marry Me Now, Love Me Later’ in 2021 at the Tower Theatre. After her two sold-out runs, Shamila went on to write her second play, ‘Roll Your Sleeves With Eve’ which sold out at Chelsea Theatre and had another successful run at Theatre Peckham’s Young Gifted and Black showcase. Her most recent piece, Prison Plaits, is inspired by her harrowing experience of being an ex-Probation Officer within the Ministry of Justice.

Director – Aaliyah Mckay

Aaliyah McKay is a director from North London. Known for her versatility across theatre and film, McKay’s career soared when she clinched victory in a prestigious short film. Her uproarious comedy script, ‘Mask’, caught the eye of Netflix, leading to its full-fledged funding and production. Mckay’s exceptional talent has found spotlight in a Deadline article penned by Baz Bamigboye, propelling her into directing two more short films and scripting sketches for the acclaimed BAFTA-winning program, The Big Narstie Show. McKay has also worked on a multitude of shows at venues such as The Old Vic, National Theatre, Sheffield Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and many more.

Producer – Chioma Ezeh 
Chioma Ezeh is a London based filmmaker and producer. With her extensive experience across theatre and film, both behind and in-front of the screen she’s seen the production from initial concept to stage.Overseeing and establishing the development across the script, talent, technical and creative development. She’s passionate about storytelling, creative development and representation and is currently in development of a short film. Credits include: THE BBC, CHANNEL 4, NIKE & THE GLOBE.

Stage manager –  Zara Huie

Production assistant – Nana Baidoo

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