Rabiah Hussain is the third writer to be commissioned in our new programme ‘Are We Where We Are’. Her new work ‘Where I Live And What I Live For’ will be performed at the Shop Front Theatre for a week from Tuesday 10th October – Saturday 14th October. We are delighted to welcome Rabiah to the Shop Front as well as Justine Themen who will direct.
Where I Live And What I Live For focuses on race relations, from the open racism of the 1970s and 80s, through to the casual covert racism of 21st Century Britain. Rabiah tells the story of Saleeha, a young British Pakistani woman, and her friend Sarah, considering ideas around race and friendship. The performance lasts approx. 30 mins and will be followed by a post-show Q&A. There will also be a panel discussion after the Wednesday night performance (11th October) – more details about the panel will follow.
Rabiah Hussain is a playwright, poet, performer and storyteller. She holds a BA in Politics & English Literature and an MA in Global & Comparative Politics. Rabiah writes about a combination of political, social and cultural issues with a human story at the heart. She is particularly interested in issues surrounding women, race and class.
Julia Negus, producer Theatre Absolute said: “The feedback from audiences for the first two plays in this series has been fantastic. We’re hugely excited to be presenting Rabiah’s work as we’ve been struck by the vibrancy and fluidity of her writing. There will be 6 performances including a matinee so there are lots of opportunities for people to join us and be part of the conversation. Coventry has recently been shortlisted for City of Culture 2021, and it feels right that such a timely piece of theatre should be performed here at the Shop Front Theatre.
Tickets are £8 (full price) & £6 (concessions) available online via https://www.oxboffice.com/Search.aspx?pid=1083 and includes an invite to stay for the post show discussion. (NO TICKETS THURSDAY 12th October)
Performances on Sat 14th October will be CAPTIONED (subtitled) via audiences’ mobile devices, using Talking Birds’ Difference Engine. If you would like to use this experimental service, please email email@example.com for more information IN ADVANCE
The project is supported by Arts Council England, Coventry City Council, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Talking Birds, The Belgrade Theatre and Warwick Arts Centre.
Theatre Absolute would like to thank the Belgrade Theatre for their generous support in kind on this new piece of work.