13 May 2011

Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Ulfah Arts are proud to present an exciting festival of new writing taking place this month at mac birmingham.

Unwrapped festival has been inspired by the Government’s preventing violent extremism (PVE) strategy and its impact 10 years on from 9/11 but is a celebration of lesser heard stories and voices that depict real lives and truths of multicultural Britain. Join us to be challenged, entertained and involved, and to unwrap the truth from perception.

With readings of work by new female writers alongside pieces from a brand new play jointly written by three professional playwrights, Unwrapped festival is a creative response to some of the biggest questions of the last decade. Daytime offerings of debate, storytelling and workshops culminate in evening performances of delicate, self-reflective tales, peoplecentred drama and urgent exposes of a country shrouded by
fears of faith, culture and extremism.

Evening performances cost £7 (£5 concessions), all other events are free, although advance booking to secure your place is recommended.



4pm Panel discussion Arts & Faith: Faith labels in the arts – stereotyping
or liberating?

6pm Short performance Many Tongues in the Holy Land by Roisin Murray.

7pm Evening performances Handled by Shaila Sharif, Away Day by Sharon Hosker and The Tiffin Box by Shaid Parveen, plus scenes from a new play by Fin Kennedy, Naylah Ahmed and Yusra Warsama.

8.30pm Post-show Q&A with Naylah Ahmed, Fin Kennedy & Yusra Warsama.



1-3pm Workshop Investigative Playwriting with Fin Kennedy

4pm Panel discussion PVE, Politics & Islam: How can we get the experts out of their bubble?

7pm Evening performances To Hell With God by Sahin Kathawala, Ghost Girl by Jennifer Schofield, I’m Not Mad, I’m Just Not Normal by Amerah Saleh plus scenes
from a new play by Naylah Ahmed, Fin Kennedy & Yusra Warsama.

8.30pm Post-show Q&A with Naylah Ahmed and Unwrapped writers



10am, 12noon and 3pm Storytelling with Roisin Murray

1-3pm Workshop Creative Writing with Malika Booker

4pm Panel Discussion Art, Community & Participation: How can we promote access and grassroots work in the arts without the stigma?

7pm Evening performances The Inbetween by Shagufta K Iqbal, P.A.R.I.S by Subika Anwar, Troubled Times by Roisin Murray, Tool Down by Denese Clarke plus scenes from a new play by Naylah Ahmed, Fin Kennedy & Yusra Warsama

8.30pm Post-show Q&A with Unwrapped writers

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