Elinor Cook's Image of an Unknown Young Woman is a play about the power of the visual image to focus and incite protest in a country where the authorities will do anything to suppress it. The play was first performed at the Gate Theatre, London, on 4 June 2015.
The play's action takes place in an unnamed country where the people are rising up against a brutal regime. A young woman in a yellow dress has been shot by the police, and when a video of the shooting goes viral, a revolution begins to stir. Ali and Leyla begin to panic – they uploaded the footage, and soon the authorities are after them. Across town, Yasmin is desperate to know if her missing mother is still alive. Halfway around the world, a woman in London wants to help. As a tornado of dissent and violence spreads, everyone’s life is going to change.
The Gate Theatre production was directed by Christopher Haydon and designed by Fly Davis. It was performed by Oliver Birch, Emilie Patry, Isaac Ssebandeke, Eileen Walsh, Anjana Vasan, Ashley Zhangazha, Wendy Kweh and Susan Brown.