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Full Cast and first look images: The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs

Full Cast and first look images: The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs

Kibong Tanji (ALDWYCH, THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD EAST, TRAFALGAR STUDIOS), Claudia Jolly (OLD VIC, CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE), Shuna Snow (RSC), Lara Sawalha (NATIONAL THEATRE, YOUNG VIC, ALMEIDA), Freddie Stabb (GRAEAE, MANCHESTER ROYAL EXCHANGE), Mariah Louca (YOUNG VIC, EVERYMAN, ALMEIDA,ROYAL COURT), Fanta Barrie (BIRIMINGHAM REP, THE OTHER PALACE, HIGHTIDE) and Fayez Bakhsh (THE NATIONAL) have been cast in the premiere of Iman Qureshi’s heartwarming comedy about community, queerness, and belonging. With songs.

When banks and sandwich shops have more pride than we do,
where can we go to be with our tribe?

 It’s 2022. There’s a rainbow flag in every high street window – and no lesbian bar.
Enter The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs: a lesbian choir on a mission to unite its community.

Soho Theatre and Damsel Productions, the theatre company championing women’s untold stories, announces the eight-strong cast for the premiere of award-winning writer Iman Qureshi’s latest play, The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs. Directed by Hannah Hauer-King, this heart-warming play with songs will be Soho Theatre’s new-writing highlight of the season, forming part of its spring/summer 2022 programme.

Qureshi (2018 Papatango Prize winner, The Funeral Director and Soho Six 2019 alumni) breaks new ground writing a comedy about a lesbian community choir struggling to survive. Led by a world-weary conductor with lofty ambitions, the disparate and unruly choir gossip, flirt and attempt to sing their way onto the main stage at Pride.

The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs is a timely play which places community and togetherness at its very heart, whilst exploring deeper questions about lesbian invisibility, male violence and ultimately, the desire for a life with dignity and a sense of belonging.

Qureshi comments: “When I first arrived in London, Soho instantly felt like home. I’m thrilled that this precious piece has found its home too in the heart of Soho. This show could be for anyone who has felt alone and is longing for connection, communion, or a big warm hug.”

The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs director Hauer-King, who also worked with Qureshi on The Funeral Director, adds: “Plays with songs have a particular power and can connect with audiences in a special way. This is a story about belonging, harmony and togetherness, and the music of the choir feels like the perfect way to riff on these themes. But despite its lighter tones, Ministry is also a play asking some difficult questions about why lesbian women struggle to commune and take up space.”

The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs was co-commissioned by Soho Theatre and Damsel Productions and is supported by the Cara Delevingne Foundation. The production will run for 6 weeks in Soho Theatre’s Main House from 5 May to 11 June 2022.


Kibong Tanji                                                              Lori

Claudia Jolly                                                              Ana

Shuna Snow                                                              Connie

Lara Sawalha                                                            Dina

Freddie Stabb                                                           Fi

Mariah Louca                                                           Brig

Fanta Barrie                                                              Ellie

Fayez Bakhsh                                                            Man

Creative Team:

Writer                                                                         Iman Qureshi

Director                                                                      Hannah Hauer-King

Set and Costume Designer                                   Anna Reid

Costume Supervisor                                               Danielle Levy

Lighting Designer                                                    Zoe Spurr         

See Also

Sound Designer & Co-Music Director               Nicola T. Chang

Co-Music Director & Vocal Coach                     Victoria Calver

Fight Directors                                                          Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown         

Casting Director                                                       Nadine Rennie CDG

Producers                                                                  Kitty Wordsworth for Damsel Productions

                                                                                      Ameena Hamid for Soho Theatre            

Listings Information:

Dates:                                             5 May – 11 June 2022

Times:                                             7.30pm (2.30pm matinees)

Prices:                                             From £12

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