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Dugsi Dayz

Full-Length Play, Comedy  /  4w

Detention on a Saturday? These four girls are keeping tight-lipped on why they’re there. When a power outage plunges them into darkness, the girls use subverted folktales to break the ice. As they delve into their stories, they discover parallels that may just lead to friendship.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4w
  • Duration
    Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! 2023 Untapped Awards
    Winner! 2023 BBC Writers Popcorn Award for New Writing at the Edinburgh Fringe
    Nominee: 2023 OffFest

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Summary

Detention on a Saturday? These four girls are keeping tight-lipped on why they’re there. When a power outage plunges them into darkness, the girls use subverted folktales to break the ice. As they delve into their stories, they discover parallels that may just lead to friendship.

A comedic exploration of Somali Muslim culture and female friendship, inspired by the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club.

History
Dugsi Dayz was first produced and developed with Side eYe at Rich Mix, London in October 2022 and January 2023. It then transferred to the Edinburgh Fringe on 3 August 2023.
MUNIRA – The class joker, mischief-maker, and detention enthusiast. She’s the troublemaker everyone can’t help but love.
HANI – An introverted rebel with a sharp tongue. She keeps to herself, doesn’t fit in, and prefers her own company.
YASMIN – A sweet popular social butterfly, her makeup and style is always on point but sometimes they land her in trouble.
SALMA – A goofy screwball. She strives for excellence, but her eagerness sometimes lands her in trouble. Always seeking Macalin’s approval, she’s determined to be the best in class.
MACALIN – Whereabouts unknown.
  • Time Period Contemporary, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Setting Dugsi
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Duration 60 minutes (1 hour)

Media

“It’s a vibrant, thrilling, rebellious, passionate and relentlessly hilarious snapshot of British-Somali culture that welcomes everyone while making zero compromises.” – Rolling Stones

“Thoughtful, amusing and razor-sharp – Dugsi Dayz both enlightens and entertains at every step.” – Binge Fringe Magazine

Dugsi Dayz is a tongue in cheek coming-of-age narrative distilled and to the point. A must see!” – Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

“A joyful play on friendship, faith and the adolescence.” – Fest

“Ali’s play manages to be culturally specific and universal all at once, sketching the familiar joys of teenage rebellion from a rarely seen perspective.” – Financial Times

“Irreverent Islamic take on The Breakfast Club.” – The Times

“Writer and actor Sabrina Ali’s script dazzles, packed with cheeky one liners and giving the talented comic cast all an equal chance to sparkle.” – To Do List

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Sabrina Ali

Sabrina Ali is a talented British-Somali writer and actor from South West London with a particular passion for creating comedic narratives. Sabrina’s love for comedy began in secondary school, where she discovered her natural knack for making people laugh with her stories ...

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