Elinor Cook's

Image of an Unknown Young Woman

Elinor Cook

Rachel Heyburn

The Carne Studio Theatre

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Friday 10 February at 7:30pm
Saturday 11 February at 2pm
Monday 13 February at 7:30pm*
Tuesday 14 February at 2pm
Wednesday 15 February at 7:30pm

The running time is approximately 1 hour 35 minutes.

*This was a relaxed performance. Find out more.

About the show

She is a young woman in a yellow dress. She has been shot by the police. As a video goes viral, she quickly becomes an icon of resistance and a revolution begins to stir. Ali and Leyla are panicking - they uploaded the footage and now the authorities are after them. Across town, Yasmin is desperate to know if her missing mother is still alive. Halfway around the world, a woman in London wants to help. As a tornado of dissent and violence spreads, everyone's life is going to change. 

By arrangement with Nick Hern Books

Elinor Cook is a playwright whose work includes: a version of Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea (Donmar Warehouse, 2017), Out of Love (Paines Plough / Theatr Clwyd / Orange Tree tour, 2017), Pilgrims (HighTide / Theatr Clwyd / The Yard, 2016), Image of an Unknown Young Woman (Gate Theatre, London, 2015), and The Girl’s Guide to Saving the World (HighTide, 2014).

She was the winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2013.

Rachel has recently worked as the Assistant Director on the Smith & Brant/ATG UK Tour of Fatal Attraction (dir. Loveday Ingram), starring Kym Marsh, Oliver Farnworth, Susie Amy and Louise Redknapp. She has also worked as the assistant director on Dublin Carol (dir. Abbey Wright) at the The Donmar Warehouse, and Dream of the Dog (did. Katie McAleese) at Finborough Theatre (and subsequent West End transfer to Trafalgar Studios) starring Dame Janet Suzman, amongst others.

Rachel directed the theatrical performance of Pussy Riot’s Refugees In at the closing evening of Banksy’s Dismaland. Refugees In was featured in Vice, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and Time Magazine.

Explores challenging topics and themes, including death, violence, kidnapping, sexual violence, grief, physical abuse, live fire and sudden loud noises.

Photos: SRTaylor Photography

Creative Team

* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

Rachel Heyburn*

Nicky Bunch*

Musical Director
Luke Byrne*

Assistant Director
Anna Sharp

Voice Director
Gurkiran Kaur*

Movement Director
Sophie Shaw*

Lighting Designer
Avery Elliott

Sound Designer / Production Sound Engineer
Poppy Morley

Intimacy Director
Christina Fulcher*

Fight Director
Sam Behan*

Costume Supervisor
Niamh Turton*

Costume Assistant
Tabitha Stock*


Camilla Anvar

B & Girl
Larissa Crafford-Lazarus

Joshua Ely

Chaya Gupta

Kiziana Jean-Louis

Florencia Latagliata

Peace Oseyenum

Rohan Rakhit

Production Team

Stage Manager on the Book
Chloe Alexander

Technical Stage Manager
Maia Thompson

Production Manager
Stephanie Leeson

Chief LX
Summer Collier

Photos: SRTaylor Photography