Provocative Kosovan audio drama challenges perceptions of the country in the aftermath of conflict, to premier at refugee week

[London, 14/06/21] A new series of subversive audio dramas has been commissioned to shine a light on Kosovo, a country in the Balkans that has been overshadowed by its war-torn past. During this year’s UN Refugee Week in June, British-Bosnian writer Miran Hadžić, Tamasha Theatre Company, an award-winning company that nurtures talent and emerging artists from diverse backgrounds, and INTENT New Theatre , a Kosovo-UK company which creates collaborations between Balkan and British artists to promote theatre in the region, will be premiering the pieces through live ‘listening parties’ on Zoom, before they become available online through all major podcast platforms the following week [Monday 21st June].

Out of the Woods is a collection of fresh, funny and provocative works that showcase a new generation of writers from a region eager to regain agency and tell its own stories about its past, present and future.

Kosovo is the newest country in Europe, only gaining independence in 2008. The country is still trying to articulate its own identity following a recent history of war and upheaval. Its new status as an independent country has limited the possibilities for citizens of Kosovo to live and work in the rest of Europe. Despite these constraints, creativity is thriving and domestic arts festivals are flourishing.

This immersive new set of plays is a window into the vibrant and innovative cultural scene in the region and will exist as a medium for constructive social dialogue and connection. Three plays will be released following Refugee Week marking an ongoing international collaboration between the UK theatre scene and Kosovan writers.

In 2016, Fin Kennedy, playwright and artistic director at Tamasha, was commissioned to produce a series for BBC Radio 4 using unreleased songs by musician and songwriter, PJ Harvey. The story for this series, On Kosovo Field, was inspired by Harvey's notebooks, poems and song demos from her travels in the Balkans. Fin undertook extensive research, including travelling to Kosovo, where he retraced some of PJ Harvey’s steps and spoke to journalists, politicians and human rights activists working on conflict resolution and reconciliation. The 5-part drama follows siblings Rebeka and Dardan, who fled their homeland as unaccompanied child refugees in the 1990s. When a mass grave is uncovered close to their native village, they return to the country for the first time as young adults, to see if they can finally solve the mystery of what happened to their parents. During their travels, they uncover a young nation striving to forge a path for hope and reconciliation which inspires them to address their own fateful pasts and move on. This previous piece from Kennedy helped to fund and develop new voices from Kosovo and the Balkan region to write and produce the Out of the Woods audio dramas.

Tamasha houses a collective of emerging playwrights from diverse cultural backgrounds, led by Fin Kennedy. This is where Miran Hadžić was discovered, an emerging new writer of Bosnia-Herzegovinan heritage. Miran was teamed up with acclaimed Kosovan musician, Trimor Dhomi, and followed a similar creative process to Kennedy, which developed into his play Fifth Dimension, a 45-minute dark satire on a dystopian UK which was influenced by the breakup of Yugoslavia. The other two pieces in the collection, developed with INTENT, are written by young Kosovan women. The plays are quirky and tongue-and-cheek comedies that subvert expectations. They highlight the talent and original voices that are emerging from this isolated country.

Fin Kennedy says, “What I love most about the Kosovan plays is that neither mention the war or Kosovo’s troubled history at all. Instead, they look to the future, and also to the everyday, and in so doing genuinely feel like the voice of a new generation, who don’t even remember the war, and who just want to be artists, telling whatever stories they want, just like their peers across Europe.”

Out Of The Woods premieres at Counterpoints Arts’ Refugee Week (14th-20th June 2021) as a series of ‘listening parties’ events via Zoom. There will also be post-show online Q&As with the writers, directors and producers of the pieces as well as academics discussing the role of culture in post-conflict areas. These plays represent the first tranche of an ongoing initiative to use independent audio drama to bring contemporary Kosovan and Balkan stories to the world.

Out of the Woods will be available on Apple, Spotify and all major podcast platforms on Monday 21st June, or from the 17th of June during Refugee Week at any of the events listed in the editors notes.

Fin Kennedy, Miran Hadžić and Mary Martin (INTENT) are available for interviews. Please contact

Notes to Editors


On Kosovo Field by Fin Kennedy
17 June, 7pm (online)

Fifth Dimension by Miran Hadžić
19 June, 7pm (online)

Where is Mr President? by Agnesa Mehanolli & Nude by Ulpianë Maloku
20 June, 5pm (online)


Miran Hadžić (playwright and Out Of The Woods producer)
Miran Hadžić was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, which was at the time a part of the former Yugoslavia. His family escaped the civil war in 1992 to London, where he has grown up and still lives.

In 2012 he was winner of the Old Red Lion’s short play competition RedFEST which led to his first full-length play ‘The Love and Devotion of Ridley Smith’. Miran has written for Paines Plough’s Come To Where I’m From. His play ‘The Day After’ was nominated for an Origins Award for Outstanding New Work at VAULT Festival 2015. He was a finalist for Invertigo Theatre’s Writer In Residence Competition with his short piece ‘Toolbox’. He has also written for Omniwrite and The Miniaturists.

Miran was invited onto the Royal Court Writing Group in 2016. He is an alumni of Tamasha Playwrights and the Forum for Young European Playwrights. He was previously Associate Writer with Clapham Omnibus and his work has been longlisted twice for the Bruntwood Prize. ‘Fifth Dimension’ is his first audio drama.

Ulpianë Maloku (playwright)
Ulpianë Maloku has finished her Master for Script Writing at the University of Prishtina. She is the author of theatre plays: “Root”, “Tea and Poetry”, and “Spectator”. She was the dramatis for “You are Me” and “Little Prince”. She was awarded second place at the “Katarina Josipi” festival by the National Theatre of Kosovo. In 2018 she was supported by Kosovo Cinema Center to make a full length film called “The man with purple suit”.

Agnesa Mehanolli (playwright)
Agnesa Mehanolli is a playwright and screenwriter. She has completed a Master for Script Writing at the University of Prishtina. She is the author of the short horror story “Chocolates For Everyday”. She is the Coordinator for INTENT New Theatre. She also is theatre critic for

Trimor Dhomi (Composer, Fifth Dimension)
Trimor Dhomi is a composer from Kosovo. He composes music for solo/chamber orchestras, symphonic to modern ballets, musicals, operas, theatre, film, and TV. He is now living and working in different countries, as a professor in both State Universities in Kosovo’s capital Prishtina and Peja; as an opera composer in Vienna/Austria; and a film composer in Sofia/Bulgaria.

In 2009 the Academy of Science and Arts of Kosovo published his Sonata Nr:1, for the book ‘Album with Piano Compositions’. He was a Member of Kosovo Society of Composers in 2010. He won the IBLA Foundation Award ‘Most Distinguished Composer’ for MELODY, a symphonic work, New York and Italy 2015, which was also selected by The Sydney Contemporary Orchestra Inc. in 2016.

His Chamber Opera THE LAST BREATH was a finalist in the International Opera Composition Competition for the 90th anniversary of Opera House in Stara Zagora - Bulgaria, 2016. He worked on SHOK, which was nominated for Best Live Action Short for the Oscars 2016.

He received a Winning Award with INTO A DREAM, a symphonic work for Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Ablaze Records - ORCHESTRAL MASTERS VOL. 5 - 2017, and a Winning Award with MELODY THROUGH SPACETIME, a symphonic work for Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Ablaze Records ORCHESTRAL MASTERS VOL. 6 - 2018.
He was the Winning Composer for Vienna Summer Music Festival - Opera Creation with CLINGING / THE LAST BREATH, a one act opera 2019.

Fin Kennedy (Playwrightand Artistic Director of Tamasha)
Fin Kennedy is an award-winning playwright whose plays are produced in the UK and abroad. He has a particular specialism in devising participatory young people’s projects in London’s East End. Fin has written for Soho Theatre, Sheffield Crucible, Half Moon, The Red Room, Southwark Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic and has had 8 Afternoon Plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4. His 2007 play HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY AND NEVER BE FOUND became the first unproduced play ever to win the John Whiting Award. Alongside writing, Fin also teaches, blogs, campaigns, fundraises and dramaturgs and mentors other writers. He has been Artistic Director of Tamasha since 2013.

Fin’s first two plays for teenagers, LOCKED IN and WE ARE SHADOWS were produced by Half Moon Young People’s Theatre in 2006 and 2008 and toured nationally, the first in a long track record of writing for young people. The latest, LIFE RAFT for Bristol Old Vic Young Company (2015), has been translated into German and French for use in schools across Europe.

 From 2006-2014 Fin was writer-in-residence at Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets, where he co-founded Mulberry Theatre Company (MTC), for whom he has written seven plays which premiered in Edinburgh and London. MTC’s 2009 production of THE UNRAVELLING made history when it was awarded a Fringe First from the Scotsman – the first time a school has ever received this accolade. Fin’s plays for Mulberry are published in two volumes by Nick Hern Books and are regularly produced by other schools, contributing to a canon of diverse parts for the UK’s young people. Fin now lectures and trains other writers in working in this embedded way with inner city communities.

 For Tamasha, Fin was Associate Artist from 2010-11 where he developed Schoolwrights, the UK’s first playwrights-in-schools training scheme. As Artistic Director, he founded Tamasha Playwrights, a writer-led collective, with numerous successful alumni.

Fin develops and dramaturgs all Tamasha’s national tours and is creator or co-creator of various Tamasha community projects including TAXI TALES (ARC Stockton, BBC 2), HEAR ME NOW (RichMix/Ovalhouse/RADA) and LEILA & JUSTICE, INC. (Barbican Box 2018).
Fin’s plays for BBC Radio 4 include THE GOOD LISTENER, a returning series set inside Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and ON KOSOVO FIELD, a collaboration with musician PJ Harvey.

Fin is also an activist within the arts. His IN BATTALIONS report of 2013, undertaken after a chance encounter with then Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, presented statistical evidence of the damage being done to new plays and playwrights by government cuts to the Arts Council. The report received widespread media coverage and had questions tabled in Parliament.

Mary Martin (Co-Director of INTENT New Theatre)
Mary Martin is founder and co-director of INTENT New Theatre which supports and promotes emerging theatre in the Balkans through connecting writers, actors and directors with UK artists and theatres. Mary is a Senior Policy Fellow at the London School of Economics, where she works with the United Nations, governments, NGOs and business on conflict resolution, post-conflict reconstruction and sustainable development.


Tamasha Theatre Company
Causing a commotion since 1989.

Our mission is to create a home for a new generation of ethnically diverse artists, enabling them to create the most powerful stories to move, provoke and inspire audiences across the UK. We do this by throwing a spotlight on stories that are otherwise kept in the shadows. We nurture talent and provide a creative home for emerging and established artists. We challenge perceptions and spark conversations.

Three decades of experience gives us the depth, strength and confidence to pursue ambitious dreams, with landmark productions that include East Is East (1996), A Fine Balance (2006), Snookered (2012), My Name is... (2014), Made In India (2017), Does My Bomb Look Big In This? (2019) and I Wanna Be Yours (2019) winning acclaim from audiences and critics alike. | Twitter: @TamashaTheatre | Facebook & Instagram: tamashatheatre

INTENT New Theatre
We create opportunities for performance, writing and stagecraft from post-conflict and fragile settings. Since 2014 we have worked with artists in the Balkans to help them reach local and international audiences, develop world-class theatre skills and build a dynamic and innovative arts culture which transcends national borders. We have created a vibrant community that spans theatre professionals from the Balkans to the UK and US, through workshops, mentoring, audio drama and productions at the Unicorn and Marlowe Theatres. | Twitter: @IntentTheatre | Facebook: intent new theatre | Instagram



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