- Time: 4.00-5.30pm
- Location: Brunei Gallery SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
- Free to attend: Registration required
Set on a multiracial street somewhere in the UK, breaDth combines real with surreal situations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Screening and discussion of Research and Development Performance of breaDth by Raminder Kaur, with live intervention by Rez Kabir.
Some of the more recent journeys of empire made since the 1950s are those journeys made from the colonised countries to the UK to satisfy the demand for labour after the second world war. The play breaDth, still in a phase of Research and Development, was written as part of national research into the lingering and ongoing racism still experienced by those who made that journey and their descendants and how this was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Set on a multiracial street somewhere in the UK, breaDth combines real with surreal situations during the COVID-19 pandemic. It casts a kaleidoscopic lens on survival through prejudice, violence, racial inequality and the struggle for breath among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and families, exacerbated by the pandemic.
The play explores the grip of two interconnected viruses killing in the UK; COVID-19 and racial discrimination; and the importance of oxygen for our lungs and for life. The fictionalised experiences in this play are based on comprehensive research by the Consortium on Practices of Well-being and Resilience of BAME families and communities (Co-POWeR) and was co-developed with research participants across England and Wales.
Writer: Raminder Kaur. Director: Mukul Ahmed. Dramaturg: Alda Terracciano. Graphic Artist: Edgar Lushaju. Production Designer: Constance Villemot. Composer/Sound Designer and Filmmaker: Karen Boswall. Lighting Designer: Paul Micah. Stage Manager: Colbert Newsome. Publicist: Poppy Bennett.
Starring: Aishah Afzal, Maria Austin, Eleanor Fanyinka, Rez Kabir, Diljohn Sidhu.