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SHAPE to host play on achievements by women

A group of senior NATO officers will be taking part in a play Tuesday at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe headquarters in Mons, Belgium, where officials aim to bring attention to obstacles women have overcome around the world.

The play — Seven by SHAPE — will be performed at the SHAPE auditorium and will include six senior flag officers from across the NATO command structure and another performer from a partner nation.

Seven is regarded as a “groundbreaking work of documentary theatre that captures the remarkable lives of a diverse and courageous group of women leaders from around the world,” according to a SHAPE release.

Seven is based on personal interviews about the real life stories of seven women’s rights activists who have triumphed over enormous obstacles to bring about major changes in their home countries, according to the release.

The play is presented as a reading, and every time it is performed it is read by seven new people who themselves represent different aspects of society: politicians, activists, athletes, journalists and survivors.

The SHAPE performance will be brought to life by high-ranking NATO personnel, including the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Sir General Richard Shirreff, who is playing Hafsat Abiola of Nigeria. Admission is free.

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