For the past week I've been working as a performer on C90 Qawwali with a fantastic team at Stan's Cafe. It was put together in 5 days as a development for the team as well as a wonderful show in itself, and we did 2 shows on Saturday.
I learned a lot about physical theatre, as a writer I'm often too much 'in my head' and only focussed on the words to communicate and this was a brilliant way to use other skills. Also working on someone else's story and within a different cultural heritage to my own has been wonderful, a learning curve of working as a team, listening and focus. Another way to make a story, make theatre and create empathy, it's been intense and fabulous.
It was such a privilege to work with this brilliant team, combining experience with development, poetry and immersive music.
Fab team below:
Tas Bashir: Artist (Co-Director)
Gerard Bell: Actor
Nafeesa Hameed: Poet (Assistant Director)
Rupinder Kaur: Actor & Poet
Murad Khan: Writer founder Purbanat.
Muhibb Nazir: Actor
Rachel Sambrooks: Actor & Poet
Dominic Thompson: Actor & Director of Gritty Theatre
Michael Valentine West: Musician
James Yarker: (Co-Director).