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See Me

In collaboration with Nottingham Libraries and The Space.
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A new creative project for Muslim women & girls in Nottingham

SEE ME is a creative participation project we are running from February 2024 , alongside the development of our next play, LIBERATION SQUARES by Sonali Bhattacharyya.

In partnership with Nottingham Libraries and supported by Nottingham Playhouse , SEE ME is an inspirational living history project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. We are recruiting Muslim girls aged 15-22 in Nottingham to train them in oral history skills, photography, filming and audio recording. Equipped with these skills they will then meet and interview inspirational women of Muslim heritage in Nottingham. They will film and record the interviews, and take portrait photographs of the interview subjects. The interviews will then be turned into an audio podcast (hosted by the young participants), which will be released weekly, launching to coincide with the opening of Fifth Word’s new touring theatre production ‘Liberation Squares’ in mid-April 2024.

The resulting interviews will be part of a new podcast and exciting touring pop-up exhibition, featuring a portrait image of each interviewee along with a comic illustration depicting a moment from their story. The exhibition will launch initially at 5 Nottingham libraries, and will then have a presence in each venue of the ‘Liberation Squares’ tour over April-June 2024.

Are you a Muslim girl between 15-22 years old?

Interested in film, photography, podcasts, and theatre? To take part in free creative workshops with professional artists please sign up to SEE ME here:

When: Tues 13th– Friday 16th 2024, 1pm – 5pm

Where: Nottingham Central Library 

About

LIBERATION SQUARES

Liberation Squares’ is a new play by Sonali Bhattacharyya which explores the story of three Muslim schoolgirls as they are drawn into activism and try to express their individual identities, influenced by everything from graphic novels to superhero stories to real-life activists and organisers who’ve stood up to injustice. It premieres at Nottingham Playhouse from 12th to 27th April 2024, followed by a 5-6 week national tour.

All Episodes

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Introduction

by Zodwa Nyoni

Episode 1.

Blessing’s Story: A CHITUNGWIZA BOY
Read by: John Pfumojena and Kudzai Mangombe

Episode 2.

Ken’s Story: THE KARATE MASTER’S SON HAS BIG DREAMS
Read by: Munashe Chirisa

Episode 3.

Thulani’s Story: THE QUIET ONE LEFT IN THE LOUDEST WAY
Read by: Connie M’Gadzah
This episode contains references to violence.

Episode 4.

Vinnie’s Story: IT WAS IN LOVE I WAS CREATED
Read by: Andrea Davy
This episode contains references to violence and racism.

Episode 5.

Munashe’s Story: KEEPING NOTES
Read by: Kudzai Mangombe & Matthew Biddulph

Episode 6.

Ritah’s story: Dear Ritah
Read by: Consolata Ngwenya & Matthew Biddulph

Episode 7.

Lawrence’s & Nyaradzai’s story: AS FATE WOULD HAVE IT by Zodwa Nyoni
Read by: Natasha Magigi & John Pfumojena

Episode 8.

Magline’s story: A SECOND CLASS CITIZEN by Zodwa Nyoni
Read by: Cornelia Coleman & Kudzai Mangombe

Episode 9.

Nicolle’s Story; LOVING PEOPLE FROM A DISTANCE
Read by: Chiedza Rwodzi & Matthew Biddulph

Episode 10

Bonus episode featuring the playwright Zodwa Nyoni in conversation with the director of the WE NEED NEW STORIES Podcast Anastasia Osei-Kuffour

Touring Exhibition

WE NEED NEW STORIES

Touring Exhibition

April-July 2023

Touring to the following Nottingham Libraries and all theatre venues on the We Need New Names tour. 

24 April-8 June:  St Anns Library   St Ann’s Valley Centre 2 Livingstone Road, Nottingham NG3 3GG

9 – 22 June: The Dale Centre’s Library  206 Sneinton Dl, Nottingham NG2 4HJ

12 – 24 June: Bulwell Riverside Library Main St, Bulwell, Nottingham NG6 8QJ

26 June – 10 July: Strelley Road Library Strelley Road, Nottingham, NG8 3BJ

Admission Free

An interactive pop-up exhibition exploring migrant stories from Zimbabwean-born Nottingham residents, curated by Saziso Phiri and the young people who took part in We Need New Stories.

Featuring audio dramas, a gallery of portrait images and personal ephemera, the exhibition provides a snapshot of lived experiences of migrating to the UK from Zimbabwe from different generational viewpoints.

The exhibition will tour a select number of Nottingham Libraries and will be on tour nationally at theatre venues to accompany the We Need New Names touring production over April-June 2023.

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