We chatted to Hiba about performing in Carmel Dean’s new song cycle Well-Behaved Women at Cadogan Hall for one performance only on the 3rd September.

Hi Hiba – could you explain a bit more about the concept behind Well-Behaved
Women?
It’s such an incredible concept! Basically, it’s what these significant iconic women in history
would say if they told their stories through song… What would Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Harriet
Tubman, Frida Kahlo, and Malala Yousafzai sound like if you heard them sing?

How does it feel to be part of bringing this song cycle by Carmel Dean to audiences? So exciting!! This line-up of women is incredible! And I think audiences will love it.

What was it in particular that made you want to be part of this show? Have you seen the amazing women working on this?! Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this show! I also always wanted to play Cleopatra, so this is a good excuse.

Could you tell me how you see the women that you will be portraying (Cleopatra and
Malala Yousafzai)?
These are both incredible women who I feel connected to culturally, but they are both
powerful and strong.

How does it feel to be representing these women in this way? Too often in society, women are portrayed as victims or secondary roles in their own stories so it’s amazing to have these women be the leads of their own stories.

What are you most looking forward to about performing Well-Behaved Women? Bringing this show to a live audience! And getting to perform with this incredible cast that I’ve looked up to for so long.

By Emma Clarendon

Well-Behaved Women will be performed at Cadogan Hall on the 3rd September.