True and Immortal Sister

TRUE AND IMMORTAL SISTER was one of four plays showcasing the work of young emerging writers produced by ACTION TRANSPORT THEATRE. This is the story of the development of the play but also the story of the writer.

The play, written by seventeen-year-old Maisie Linford, tells the story of two young girls who have fled Afghanistan to a new life in England. The elder girl, having seemingly settled into a different culture, is joined by her young sister and the play charts their journey of love, hope and identity.

Maisie wrote the first draft and was mentored through subsequent drafts by director Nina Hajiyianni.

Already an accomplished actor from an early age with ATT, Maisie was confident in joining the young company of actors for the first read-through.

The writer’s youngest sister, twelve-year-old Stephanie was cast in the role of Afsana and Jasmin Parsons as her older sister, Erina. Jack, Erina’s boygfriend was played by Joel Andreson. Maisie and her sister, Lucy, acted in supporting roles, Mercedes and Megan.  Rachel Allen doubled as Megan and Laura Walker played Lakita.

The play tells the story of the younger sister’s arrival and her attempts to ‘fit in.’ She wears the school uniform and tries to keep a low profile.

 Her older sister has already abandoned her way of dress, found a job and acquired a non-Muslim boyfriend.

The younger girl decides to wear the hijab with the consequence that she is further bullied at school.  Although very young, she knows who she is and is determined to stand up for her beliefs.

Her sister gradually realises that she, too, cannot deny her own true self.


‘Linford gives us a stunning debut play. Here we have a writer who shows real promise, with a thoughtful and un-patronising script that presents a real social awareness which is beautifully underscored with a sensitivity beyond her years.’


Maisie is reading English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Jasmin is reading Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

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  1. John Chapman

    Stunning shots here that really capture the player’s emotions.

    • Sylvia Selzer

      Thank you, John. It was good talking with you about photography last week and nice that you appreciate my work as, indeed, do I yours.

  2. Maisie linford

    This is really inspiring Sylvia. I hope I will get the chance to work with you again. I feel like you really captured some beautiful moments in the experience of creating the play as part of the story that was told on the stage.

    • Sylvia Selzer

      Thank you for this, Maisie. The work I have done with young people is very important to me and you are sensitive to what I have tried to do in TRUE AND IMMORTAL SISTER.
      I hope to work with YOU again, too!

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