Can a woman of colour succeed in the performing arts without getting pigeonholed?

Theatre-maker and writer Naomi Joseph discusses her experiences as an artist in the performing arts – while lack of representation is one issue, challenges about being pigeonholed are another. Main image: A Letitia Wright in The Convert, written by Danai Gurira Much has been said about the representation of people of colour in the arts.… Read More

Defying Baghdad’s violence, volunteers are re-opening the city’s historic theatre

by Nazli Tarzi  This article first appeared in Niqash and has been republished here with their permission. In Baghdad’s Salihiya neighbourhood, a group of volunteers are staging a different kind of protest. They have cleaned up a deserted theatre and started performances there again. Rows of empty seats coated in dust are the first thing… Read More

Review: “Technologies of the Self” by Haris A. Durrani

by Micah Yongo ‘A person’s identity,’ Lebanese-French author Amin Maalouf once wrote, ‘is like a pattern drawn on a tightly stretched parchment. Touch just one part of it, just one allegiance, and the whole person will react, the whole drum will sound.’ It was these words that came to mind as I finished reading Haris A.… Read More

“Not Towards Home, But The Horizon” by Marwan

by Rohan Rice It’s an interesting time for an exhibition of the work of Syrian artist Marwan Kassab-Bachi, who is commonly known as Marwan. Images of Syria and its people have been on repeat on our television screens in the UK, giving Marwan’s work a greater sense of political immediacy. Yet, Marwan’s work supersedes today’s crisis.… Read More

Review: WORD by JJ Bola

by Samira Sawlani “Hype your writers like you do your rappers”, says JJ Bola. If ever there was a writer who deserved that hype, it’s Bola himself. This Kinshasa born, London raised poet, educator and speaker arrived in the UK at 7 with his family as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As… Read More