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5 Questions with… Tez Ilyas

02 November 2017 | Amal Team

Earlier this year, Amal supported a performance of comedian Tez Ilyas’ Made in Britain at London’s Southbank Centre. The show was a warm and witty account of what it means to be British and Muslim in 2017. Tez achieved phenomenal success with his debut stand up show, TEZ Talks. It was met with packed out audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015, followed by a sold-out run at Soho Theatre and dates at Southbank Centre. The show was later adapted into a series for BBC Radio 4.

We had the chance to catch up with the man himself and ask him five quick questions:

1. Do you think an artist has a particular role or responsibility in the world?
Absolutely. Art can hold a mirror up to society and say look at yourselves dammit, look at all your beautiful, ridiculous, horrible glory.

2. How do you see your role?
Well, I’m a British Muslim of Pakistani descent, so my people are in the news a lot. It’s good to get in front of audiences and give them a different, more accurate narrative.

3. Does identity play a role in your creative craft?
It does, though not 100%, but it is my unique selling point, as my background sets me apart from my peers in the field.

4. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given over the course of your career?
Become so good that they can’t ignore you.

5. Where’s your favourite place to see art?
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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