A week-long celebration of new ideas, new voices and new writing. PlayWROUGHT #2 will see six exciting new plays from writers of Middle Eastern, Asian and North African heritage premier as a series of rehearsed readings.
The word wright is an archaic English term for a craftsman or builder. When combined with the word play, this indicates someone who has wrought words, themes, and other elements into a dramatic form, someone who crafts plays.
PlayWROUGHT #2 is presented to coincide with the forthcoming production, The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes by Rashid Razaq and directed by Nicolas Kent. These playwrights will go on to be the founding members of Arcola’s Middle Eastern, Asian and North African writers group.
“A great initiative from the Arcola, recognising that their lack of a literary department has created a developmental gap and actually doing something about it.”
Ian Foster, There Ought To Be Clowns
The programme at a glance:
Monday 7 July at 7pm SCENES FROM 66 YEARS by Hannah Khalil
Take a peek over the wall, and discover what life is, has been, and continues to be, for Palestinians living under occupation.
Director: Chris White
Cast: Laila Alj, Yasen Atour, Alia Alzougbi, Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso, Houda Echouafni, Amir El Masry, Sevan K Greene, Hemi Yeroham
Tuesday 8 July at 7pm A FIRE OF SMALL VIRTUES by Sevan K Greene
What if the thing you most wanted meant giving up everything you are and believed in? The modern world collides with mystical India in this new play that explores the little known Hijra culture.
Director: George Islay Calderwood
Cast: Kulvinder Ghir, Ghulam Dastgir, Deven Modha, Sanee Patel, Ashraf Ejjbair, Ritu Arya, Shri Patel.
Wednesday 9 July at 7pm SAMSARA by Lauren Yee
Katie and Craig are having a baby… with a surrogate… who lives in India. A whimsical take on modern day colonialism and creating a baby in the 21st century.
Director: Mel Hillyard
Cast includes: Tracy-Ann Oberman, Divian Ladwa, Adam Levy, Mark Weinman
Thursday 10 July at 7pm CUTS by Rena Brannan
Working in a dead-end job at a recycling plant three teenagers decide to kidnap the ex-prime minister and take back his education through a new recycling technology called Bioware.
Director: Tom Latter
Cast includes: Sophie Ward, Nick Rowe, Anna Devlin
Friday 11 July at 7pm COMBUSTION by Asif Khan
A horrific event has shaken the city. The EDL are coming to add fuel to the fire. How will the people of Bradford react? A funny but truthful play about living in today’s Islamophobic Britain.
Director: Nona Shepphard
Cast includes: Nigel Hastings, Rez Kempton, Sheena Patel, Jaz Deol and Mitesh Soni
Saturday 12 July at 7pm WESTERNIZATION by Imran Yusuf
A married couple in crisis take metaphysical leaps West – but does their journey bring them closer to understanding themselves, each other, and their place in the world?
Director: Timothy Trimingham Lee
Cast: Danielle Arden, Akin Gazi and Stephen Schreiber.
Part of Arcola Creative Engagement Summer Season 2014
Running times and age recommendations TBC
Please note this show is not part of the Arcola Passport