Arcola Theatre in association with Nick of Time Productions Ltd.

PlayWROUGHT #2: Middle Eastern, Asian and North African Writers

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.

Supported by Arts Council, Backstage Trust, John S. Cohen Foundation and Potter Foundation.

Part of Arcola Creative Engagement Summer Season 2014

Monday – Saturday at 7pm – all tickets £6

Running times and age recommendations TBC

Please note this show is not part of the Arcola Passport