I’d like to bring to your attention a project that’s been bubbling away in the background and has British East Asian talent involved. Like oh so many British East Asian Artists that are just rolling up their sleeves and getting on with it.
Keep your eyes and your ears open for this one.
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The project is called ‘The Singing Stones’ and our company is Mama Quilla Productions, led by artistic director and award-winning playwright Kay Adshead. I have been involved as an actor and admin support since 2011. We are currently applying for funding.
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The project comprises of a triad of three plays about women and the Arab revolutions, to be performed at the Arcola. We have a predominantly female cast spanning a wide age-range and multiple ethnicities (East Asian, South Asian, Caucasian, Afro-Carribean, Arabic) working together as a colour blind cast to point to the universality of the issues and human experience being explored.
As a companion project to this, we will also be commissioning an immersive art installation by Kully Thiarai and Shanaz Gulzar to go into Manchester, Bradford and Leeds which aims to give an immersive insight into the lives and stories of British Muslim women.
— A word from Kay Adshead about our work:
“Extraordinary women and their stories emerge from the news headlines daily, from those women in Woolwich who chose not to turn and run away from the horror of that bloodied machete, to Syria and the Civil War, the female doctor, from Doctors Without Borders, trying to save children from chemical attack, the female rebel supporters, kidnapped from their homes, forced to witness the brutal torture of their brothers or sons, then replanted in their homes in an attempt to spread silence and crippling fear.
We believe our project is important because arguably theatre can better than any other media open up difficult and painful subjects into a shared public arena and encourage enlightened, civilized healthy debate. And because it is the duty of the arts in England, not to endlessly turn in on itself, but to respond to the world, even if that is difficult and potentially contentious. We cannot make art that may appear to challenge perceptions but actually, subtly only reassures or reaffirms the status quo.
Mama Quilla’s mission is to explore the big issues of the day from the female viewpoint. We also, especially, seek to empower older women in the theatre industry. We aim to insure their voices are heard loud and strong, long after all aspects of our society, would prefer them to stay quiet, stay at home, stay off the streets.”