BD Stories with Asma Elbadawi and Aina Khan
Amal supported Freedom Studios to produce and stage two new 30-minute plays celebrating the stories and cultures of Bradford. Written by sports personality Asma Elbadawi and writer/journalist Aina Khan, the double bill opened at Kala Sangam in Bradford and toured to seven community venues around the area enabling access to the plays in communities where people may not necessarily be accustomed to going to theatres and other arts venues.
(Photographer credit – Tom Woollard)
No. 4 by Asma Elbadawi – Fatima and Sarah are best friends, playing together on their college basketball team, but the arrival of new girl, Wafa from Sudan stirs up secrets and makes new rivalries.
Pashto Thriller by Aina Khan – It’s 1980s Bradford, and Hawa Jaan is struggling with having to wear a sari to school, and her secret love of Michael Jackson’s music. When Bibi comes to visit from Pakistan, grandmother and granddaughter find more in common than they thought.
Freedom Studios also hosted 21 workshops in six of the community venues, led by the creative team and supported by Asma and Aina. Members of the community centres participated in workshops creating artistic materials on Bradford and the themes within the plays. Participant contributions were included in an exhibition for the BD Festival held at Kala Sangam.
To find out more about Freedom Studios and the BD Stories project listen to the Freedom Studios podcast with Co-Director Artistic Directors Aisha Khan and Alex Chisholm talking to Asma Elbadawi and Aina Khan