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Shots In The Dark 8/6/2018

It’s been a very busy few weeks as I prepare for Outside The Frame Arts, July scratch performance of Cuts Of The Cloth ( more details to follow – we are super-excited! ).

For those of you who don’t know, this is our play exploring Muslim women and their relationship with the cloth in a society obsessed with the policing of the female body so watch this space about this particular project!

In other news, myself and a whole host of wonderful writers from all backgrounds have been indulging in the genre of crime fiction. A chance to really delve into the dark side of human nature, we have created flash fiction that has been brought together by Cultureword in the new anthology ‘Shots In The Dark’.

Published by Crocus Books the micro narratives promise, ‘Bludgeonings. Distorted lives. Small victories in narrow mean worlds. Bizarre punishments and extraordinary vengeance. Dogs, bears, fish and humans – always humans – clustered and clashing in desolate landscapes. Crimes passionels. The after-effects of war. The enduring effects of race. Trauma. Badness. Rawness. Grief. Sigh. Phantasmagorical. Surreal. Hyper-real. This is desperation poured near into a black chalice.’

Last night we had an awesome celebration bringing some of the authors into the intimate setting of Three Minute Theatre in Manchester. Hosted by the ‘hostess with the mostest’ Heena Patel, we heard what David Gaffney describes as, ‘mini beasts full of suspense, violence, fear and shock with incredible characters and fascinating settings’ and we carried these stories long into the night after the event had finished.

If you want to have a read, they are available to purchase. Email admin@cultureword.org.uk to order your copy.

Special thanks to Commonword who have supported my journey and a countless amount of other writers over many years giving us space to develop and grow.

And finally – a shoutout to all the awesome contributors in the book who have become an inspiring creative family of support for one another, all the authors who made it last night for the reading – you were great to listen to and share space with and waves of support for all the ones who couldn’t make it – you were missed! X

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Help us by donating to Platform For Palestinian Arts, GoFundMe page!

Ismail Khalidi’s brazen ‘Tennis in Nablus’ from the Inside/Outside Anthology is partially a comedy that looks for laughs in an area of the world marked by centuries of bloodshed and hard feelings. In its world premiere production at the Alliance Hertz Stage, Tennis in Nablus courts controversy with its witty treatment of the Holy Land’s history.
 

Help us explore these plays of Palestinian art and culture by donating to our Platform For Palestinian Arts GoFundMe page at this link – http://m.gofund.me/8nh52dhg?rcid=61dbcb56d18811e591aabc764e04c5a7  

Women In The Spotlight’s International Womens Day Show! 

Join me tomorrow night where Women In The Spotlight ( WITS ) will be showcasing their work in celebration of International Women’s Day. I am delighted to be part of this and we have all been busy producing spoken word and theatre pieces to be shown at Three Minute Theatre, Manchester! These performances will explore women’s voices, our experiences, our lives, our thoughts, our feelings and our identities as women! Get there for 7pm! X   

I want to get to Arvon! Please help :) 

  Our Crowdfunder for Women in the Spotlight #WITS has just launched – please head over to our page to find out more about the project and make a pledge

Our Crowdfunder for Women in the Spotlight #WITS has just launched – please head over to our page to find out more about the project and make a pledge 
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/wits/

Yorkshire Adabee Forum Youth Initiative Event 2015

I had a wonderful time in Dewsbury today where I was invited to read some of my poetry at an event hosted by the Yorkshire Adabee Forum. Ghazals, sketches, poetry, shayree and much more were a pleasure to watch and be part of. Met some very inspiring women of the community and some individuals truly committed to making change. Listening to Seema Ghazal, renowned playwrite and poet was a delight. Ghazal Ansari also delivered poetry. Looking forward to seeing them all again! Highlight? My trophy 🙂 x 

                 

SPRING REIGN, The Lowry 19/5/15

I watched a play this Tuesday about a cause that is very dear to my heart, since I travelled last year to the border towns of Syria/Turkey and met refugees. My thesis is also based on this war-torn country so the play was extremely insightful. Have a read below and watch out for it in the future! A must see for all! X

‘IN WAR, TRUTH IS THE FIRST CASUALTY’ – AESCHYLUS
A story from the Syrian conflict, devised by the company and scripted by award-winning writer Rob Johnston. Produced and directed by Benedict Power.
Syria has descended into civil war and Aleppo is besieged. Salah and Aisha have lost control of their lives and are plunging headlong into an uncertain future. The Syria they hoped to change is gone, in its place, violence and destruction – the arbitrary brutality of war. With the unexpected arrival of two Westerners, who have stayed too long in Syria and must now be given refuge, the fragile existence of the Syrian couple comes under even greater threat. How will they survive as they fall further away from hope, from what they know and from what they used to be?
Based on real-life accounts collected from Syrian refugees, aid workers, activists, journalists and photographers, Spring Reign features live per­formance, video, original music performed by Chris Davies, and frontline photography by Musa Chowdhury.

“Spring Reign is rich with images, music, politics, stories, character, language, situation and relevance.”

Matt Fenton – Artistic Director of Contact Theatre