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A Season of Bangla Drama secures Arts Council England (ACE) Funding

Friday 17 October 2014

We are delighted to announce that the 2014 Season of Bangla Drama, which is co-curated by Drama’s Ali Campbell, has received £15,000 in Arts Council England (ACE) funding.

The grant from ACE is an exciting recognition of the distinctive creative and intellectual nature of the festival. A Season of Bangla Drama – which Queen Mary is involved in for the second year running – sees professional, semi-professional, and mixed performance companies coming together to programme a wide range of events across five venues in East London, including the Pinter Studio at QM. Events at Queen Mary will involve – and be facilitated by – current QM students and QM alumni from AiR Supply with the support of Rose Sharp, while we will also play a central role in the critical evaluation of the festival.

We will be building on our work for last year’s festival to ensure that Queen Mary becomes a key space of reflection for participants and attendees. The festival offers participants a wealth of Career and Professional Development (CPD) opportunities, and it was partly in recognition of the unique technical and production experiences offered that the festival secured the ACE grant.

This November’s festival will see a range of exciting events at Queen Mary, including:

  • The Rokeya Project’s The Cruel Truth, a dynamic performance paying tribute to Maya Angelou and telling two true stories about young girls from Southern Asia. The performance will feature a multicultural cast and will use various modes of dance and theatre to explore issues of women’s voice and identity. The performance will be followed by interactive workshops where QM students and others can work alongside dance and theatre professionals.
  • Deadalus’s East, a performance featuring East End locals that explores issues of cultural and generational exchange. The participatory and multimedia performance (featuring storytelling, music, and projections) features locals, supported by Shamim Azad and Sef Townsend (professional storytellers from Bangladeshi and Jewish backgrounds) and Paul Burgess, a local theatre-maker.
  • Mukul and Ghetto Tigers’s Romeo and Juliet, a performance weaving together Shakespeare’s verses and Bengali poetry to produce a dynamic cross cultural performance.
  • Long Table, an installation in which participants discuss what “use” is performance in the Bangladeshi community?
  • Contemporary Theatre: Re-Inventing the Narrative, an address by the Bangladeshi High Commissioner.

Watch this space for further information about Queen Mary’s role in the 2014 Season of Bangla Drama.

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