Saturday, 14 March 2015

Tamasha and Coventry's Belgrade Theatre present Blood - A 21st Century Urban Love Story

Tamasha and the Belgrade Theatre Coventry present
By Emteaz Hussain
Press night: Tuesday 31st March 7pm in B2
Director and Dramaturg: Esther Richardson; Designer: Sara Perks
Lighting Designer: Aideen Malone; Composer and Sound Designer: Arun Ghosh
Starring Krupa Pattani and Adam Samuel-Bal
A 21st century urban love story
love ain’t something you just say
just this word
it’s something you do

 Caneze meets Sully in the college canteen. The heat rises over triple chilli sauce in Nando’s. She makes her move in the sweet smoke of a shisha bar. A touchpaper is lit… but neither of them bargained on the lengths to which her brother would go to keep them apart.
Set among a Midlands Pakistani community, Blood is sparky, funny and heart-wrenchingly honest. A timely and contemporary story, this play cuts through political agendas and goes straight to the heart. It lets us into a world governed by links to family and clan, as much as fiercely individual wants and desires.
Writer Emteaz Hussain said: Blood is essentially about two young people who really love each other and want to be together. After the 2011 riots, I felt frustrated over the myopic portrayal of working class young people in Britain. I remember thinking it was a difficult time for young people to be alive, particularly if you happen to be from a migrant background where your parents aren’t necessarily of the country and you are of a particular faith or cultural group. It was important to me to write a play which captured the complexity of young people’s lives and the brave, sassy way they negotiate their world and all its complexities, whether that mean dealing with Islamophobia, racism, class conflict or the expectations of a particular culture or religion. I want audiences to empathize with these characters, each of which is faced with the reality of having to choose between their family and the person they have fallen head over heels for’‘.
Emteaz Hussain is a performance poet, playwright and workshop leader.  Her acclaimed first play, Sweet Cider, was produced by Tamasha in 2008 following her outstanding work through the Tamasha Developing Artists (TDA) programme’s New Writing Course.  Blood was originally performed in 2010 at the Gate Theatre as part of Tamasha’s new writing showcase Propeller.
She is currently commissioned by Pilot Theatre, Clean Break and is on assignment to the Royal Court.
As a spoken word artist she has performed nationally and internationally and has toured with Transglobal Underground, Fundamental, Hustlers HC and as a backing poet with the Benjamin Zephaniah band. She works extensively as a workshop practitioner in both statutory and community settings, specialising in pupil referral units.
Starring as soulmates Caneze and Sully are Krupa Pattani and Adam Samuel-Bal. Originally from Wolverhampton, Adam graduated from the Guildford of School of Acting. His previous theatre credits include Damn Yankees; Aladdin (Theatre Royal Leamington Spa); Shithill, Half 'n' Half: A New Musical (National Theatre of Wales) and Children of Eden (Aria-Entertainment). Krupa trained at Drama Studio London. Her previous theatre credits include Peter Pan (Polka Theatre); Robin Hood (Octagon Theatre Bolton); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello and Cyrano de Bergerac (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre); Kanjoos The Miser and Dick Whittington Goes Bollywood (Tara Arts); Twelfth Night and Masters Are You Mad (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre); Bollywood Cinderella (Tara Arts); Dinnerladies: Second Helpings (UK Tour) and Moonfleece (London and UK tour). TV credits include MI High (Kudos); Casualty (BBC).
Esther Richardson is a freelance theatre and film director.  She has worked as an Associate for Soho Theatre, Derby LIVE, and Cast in Doncaster.  She founded the new writing company Theatre Writing Partnership which ran for 10 years in Nottingham.  Her varied work as a director includes productions for Nottingham Playhouse, Derby LIVE, Royal and Derngate Northampton, Soho Theatre and Bolton Octagon. Her film work includes two short films, one of which, The Cake, was chosen as the UK film for the Women in Film in Television International Showcase and was screened all over the world in 2012. She was also one of eight emerging film directors to be selected for Creative England’s prestigious iFeatures2 feature film development scheme in 2012. 
Arun Ghosh is Composer and Sound Designer. He has previously worked with Tamasha as composer on Child of the Divide and My Name is...As a composer, he has also worked with companies including Manchester Royal Exchange, Library Theatre, National Youth Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Akademi Dance and Kali Theatre. He is a clarinettist and has released three critically acclaimed albums, Northern Namaste, Primal Odyssey and A South Asian Suite.  He was awarded 'Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year' at the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. He is an Associate Artist of The Albany Theatre and Spitalfields Music (2014), and recently completed his post as Musician in Residence of Wuhan, China in association with the British Council.

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