Turning an awful experience into something positive: Sally Sara

As part of her therapy in recovering from covering the trauma of war in Kabul, Sally Sara has written a play, which will debut at Belvoir Street Theatre this month.

Stop Girl will premier on March 20 after a long road to recovery for Sara after her experiences in Afghanistan.

In a feature story in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend magazine, Sara tells reporter Tim Elliott of a moment in Kabul which has stuck with her to this day:

“The boy could see me filming him,” she says.
“I remember thinking,
‘There is something very wrong with the world when this can happen to a child.
It is a failure on so many levels.’ ”

Coming to terms with her condition was a gradual process involving several years of psychotherapy. Then, in 2015, she hit on the idea of writing a play about her experiences, focusing on that day in Kandahar and her subsequent unravelling. “The play wasn’t so much therapy as a way of reclaiming the events, turning an awful experience into something positive,” she says.

Read the full Good Weekend story here.

Theatre bookings here.


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