The Society of British Theatre Designers

Staging Places: We Are The Storytellers Now - open until March 13, 2020 at V&A London

Rajha Shakiry

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Rajha Shakiry was born in Iraq and educated in England. After an honours degree in Mathematics, she re-trained in Theatre Design, graduating from Wimbledon School of Art in 2003. Rajha has since worked as a freelance theatre designer and scenographer and has also obtained a distinction in MA Scenography from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Rajha has extensive experience in small-scale, middle-scale, national and international touring productions, in the United Kingdom, Southern Africa and the Middle East. She has designed and collaborated on numerous devised and text based projects, physical theatre, musical theatre and opera. Most recent designs have included: How Nigeria Became (Unicorn theatre), I Stand Corrected (Cape Town, London and Singapore), Richard II (Jericho, Palestine and Shakespeare’s Globe) and Still Life Dreaming (Spare Tyre and Wellcome Trust at the Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe).

Rajha has also performed with Improbable as a member of the Skills Ensemble in Philip Glass’s Satyagraha (English National Opera, London Coliseum and The Metropolitan Opera, New York ). Rajha has recently been awarded an Arts Council Grant to develop work in progress.