Dugsi Dayz

3-14 October 2023


MON 9 OCT, 7.30PM.

This riotous comedy returns to NDT for two weeks only following rave reviews & awards at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Four students find themselves stuck in dugsi detention...

What did they do to end up here? And is there any chance of them getting on? Salma, Yasmin, Munira, and Hani each see the world in radically different ways. As they subvert Somali folk tales and reminisce about their childhoods, this hour together may reveal that they have more in common than they thought.

Inspired by The Breakfast Club, this is a hilarious and authentic exploration of friendship between Somali girls from Side eYe Productions and writer Sabrina Ali.

Dugsi Dayz returns to NDT after sold-out previews in July and a smash-hit Edinburgh Fringe run at Underbelly, where it won the BBC Writersroom Popcorn Award, rave reviews, and was named a breakout hit of the festival by Rolling Stone.

Quotes & Reviews

Winner: BBC Writersroom Popcorn Award, Edinburgh Fringe 2023

★★★★ ‘Hilarious... culturally specific and universal all at once’ Financial Times

★★★★ ‘Vivid and relatable’ The Times

★★★★★ ‘An absolute joy’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

★★★★★ ‘Rib-tickling yet thought-provoking British-Somali Muslim retelling of The Breakfast Club’ To Do List

★★★★ ‘A comedic tour-de-force’ The List

'Revelatory... a vibrant, thrilling, rebellious, passionate and relentlessly hilarious snapshot of British-Somali culture’ Rolling Stone

Winner: New Diorama & Underbelly Untapped Award 2023 supported by Concord Theatricals & Nouveau Riche

Shortlisted: Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence

The Company

Age recommendation: 12+.
Please note: The performance includes flashing lights.

Dugsi Dayz is presented in co-production between Side eYe and New Diorama, made possible using support from Cockayne Foundation Grants for the Arts and City of London Community Infrastructure Levy & Neighbourhood Fund.


Written by Sabrina Ali 
Directed by Warda Mohamed & Poppy Clifford 
Lead Creative Producer/Artistic Director: Hannah Abdule
Creative Producers: Khadra Mohamed & Raha Mahamoud
Lighting Design: Joshua Gadsby

Hadsan Mohamud
Sabrina Ali
Faduma Issa
Susu Ahmed

About Side eYe Productions

Side eYe is an award-winning theatre company invested in uplifting stories and work developed by primarily Black Muslim women. All their theatre productions - from HOME (2019) to Dugsi Dayz (2022) - debuted at the annual Somali Week Festival. The company not only side-eyes the exclusionary tendencies of mainstream theatre but actively seeks to create opportunities for all. 


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