21 Feb

Script for community use

Following performances in February and a further period of development the script for Yalda : Iranian Woman will be available to community groups and educators in order to further stimulate debate and conversation.  To register your interest in the further development of the script, workshops and the project email info [@] yalda.org.uk

20 Feb

How Did I Get Here? Storytelling Night

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25 February, Kardomah94, 94 Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AN

FREE entry

A spoken word, open mic night with the theme “How Did I Get Here?”

In addition to open mic slots, the evening will also include readings by actors from Seeking Refuge, a collection of first hand accounts of dispersed people from across the world who have ended up in Hull, and a selection of work by Sufi mystic and poet Rumi.

If you have work – poetry, prose or simply a good yarn – that fits the theme and want to book a slot for the night email info@e52.co.uk. Or simply turn up and register on the night.

03 Feb

Seeking Refuge

Seeking Refuge

At Open Doors we were given the last available copy of Seeking Refuge, an amazing collection of personal stories from some of the many who come to the UK in search of asylum and found themselves in the city of Hull.

The stories were gathered together by David Turner, a volunteer with Open Doors, a project based at Princes Avenue Methodist Church set up in 2000 to welcome asylum seekers and refugees dispersed to Hull.

The introduction to the collection of 17 stories explains the need for a booklet of this kind: “It’s our hope that by reading the stories of just a few of  [those who have come seeking refuge] the people who live in and around Hull, which has now become a city of sanctuary, will come to see things differently.”

Find out more about Open Doors at http://opendoors-hull.org.uk/

29 Jan

Yalda : Untold Stories Sessions

FREE. Thursday, February 5th at 1-2pm and 3-4pm.

Kardomah 94, 94 Alfred Gelder Street, Hull city centre, HU1 2AN

Book a place at info@yalda.org.uk

An opportunity to share your stories.

There are lots of untold stories that should be shared with others. Ours – Yalda: Iranian Woman – is just one of many. We would like to tell you more about the story that we are working on and also encourage you to share unique and distinctive stories too.

During these short, one-hour workshops we will share a short extract from the Yalda script, discuss the themes and issues raised and offer you the opportunity to participate in storytelling activities that will enable you to share and dramatise your own personal experiences and stories.

The content of the workshops will be tailored to suit the needs of those that attend. Workshops will be led by theatre makers Roya Amiri and Dave Windass.

Want to come along to these FREE one hour sessions? Spaces are limited. Confirm your attendance via email to info@yalda.org.uk

26 Jan

New play places Iranian woman centre stage

Yalda : Iranian Woman. 23 & 24 February at Kardomah94, 94 Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AN. Tickets £5 (£3 concessions) from www.yaldaplay.eventbrite.co.uk or in person from the venue.

New play Yalda : Iranian Woman will be performed in Hull for the first time on February 23 and 24, 2015.

Theatre makers Roya Amiri and Dave Windass received an Arts Council England award to research and create the new full-length play.

The original piece of work, about a half-Iranian, half-British woman growing up in a northern city, is a one-woman show and will be performed by Amiri who is, herself, half-Iranian. The London-based actress grew up in Hull and Hedon.

Roya Amiri said: “From the start we intended to create a funny, energetic and hard-hitting picture of adolescence, womanhood and an exploration of the impact of diaspora on second-generations. Ultimately, this is a piece of work that will entertain and also make people think. There is an absence of work about the Iranian community and also about the generation that I am a part of.

“We feel very happy to be given the opportunity to tell this story. I feel that while things have improved vastly in recent years, it was difficult for many people of mixed-race to grow up in the north, and in places like Hull, in the 1980s. That story certainly hasn’t been told from an Iranian perspective so we’re delighted to be able to address that.”

Dave Windass, who has co-written the play, said: “Yalda is a really exciting project to be a part of and we are both delighted to be collaborating on what we feel is an important piece of theatre and one that we are both very passionate about.”

The ongoing development of the project will also involve workshops with community groups looking at contemporary themes, issues and storytelling techniques.

The performances in February are part of the play’s development stage, hence the low ticket price. However, this is a chance to see a new play at the beginning of its life and an opportunity for audiences, via post-show discussions at both performances, to influence the creative process.

Further performances of Yalda : Iranian Woman will take place in late 2015 and 2016.

In additional to Arts Council England Grants For Arts funding, this project is supported by Hull City Council, a private donation, Force-7 and Kardomah94.