I’m in Lahore working with Highlight Arts, Justice Project Pakistan & Olomopolo Media on this performance for World Day Against the Death Penalty.
No Time to Sleep will run from 8pm-8pm GMT 9-10 October, midnight – midnight local time in Lahore.

A 24-hour live performance will see renowned Pakistani actor, Sarmad Khoosat, become death row Prisoner Z as he prepares for his execution.

While the ropes are tested, and his lawyers file paperwork, Prisoner Z will pray, eat his last meal and say goodbye to his family.

Set inside a replica of a cell, this unique performance entitled No Time To Sleep has been informed by interviews with ex-prisoners, families of death row prisoners, executioners, lawyers and prison guards all of whom are affected by capital punishment.

No Time to Sleep is based on the experiences of prisoner Zulfiqar, who, in 2015, became the 103rd person to be executed since the death penalty was reinstated in Pakistan in 2014. In total, Zulfiqar spent 17 years on death row where his execution was scheduled and halted more than twenty times. During his incarceration, Zulfiqar helped educate over 400 fellow inmates and secured 33 diplomas himself.

The performance will run from 9th to 10th October, ending on World Day Against the Death Penalty. It will be streamed globally (http://www.dawn.com/notimetosleep) with rolling coverage at @z_prisoner posting the mercy petition, final warrants and news coverage.
Director – Kanwal Khoosat and has been Producer – Iram Sana
Dramaturgy – Deborah Pearson
Concept – Ryan Van Winkle

The twenty-four live performance starts at 2000hrs (BST) on 9th October and runs to 2000hrs (BST) on 10th October.