BECOMING MOHAMMED (revised)
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‘van Elst A.M.O.’ presents in collaboration with
“He does not shake hands with my female friends, he will not come home for Christmas,
he did not tell us he was getting married
and he says we will all go to hell.”
My brother and I were never really close, but when he converted to Islam it drove us further and further apart. It was hard for me to understand and accept the things he suddenly believed in, and our conversations quickly turned into discussions about who’s right or wrong.
Now, six years later, we have grown closer than ever by starting to learn how to live together despite our differences. However, in our society I still see and feel a lot of confusion about this subject. Having seen a different side of it, I as a theatre maker, see this as a great opportunity to share my experience…
Becoming Mohammed follows the unraveling of secrets that ensues when Sara unexpectedly visits her younger brother Thomas. While chasing her career away from home, Sara did not realise how far her brother was drifting from her: she finds him married, hostile, and an enthusiastic Muslim convert. Sara doesn’t like change, but unless she wants to lose her brother she will have to understand his new life and family.
Concept and Director: Annemiek van Elst
Writer: Claudia Marinaro
Producer: Robyn Bennett
Set Design: Bex Kemp
Costume: Syed Nisar
With performances from: Philippa Carson, Nadia Lamin and TBA
Documentary: Sophie Tooten
Advise: Elizabeth Munro
MUSICAL THEATRE STUDIO
by FLYING DUTCHMAN Theatre & van Elst A.M.O.
in collaboration with The Space Theatre
For applications visit www.flyingdutchmantheatre.com
DEADLINE 14 JUNE
by Van Elst A.M.O
A game show testing a newly converted Muslim, the unbreakable bond of family and the power of the Western Media.
16 – 18 June, 7.30 pm
The Space Theatre
van Elst A.M.O. – No Fixed Abode
A storytelling performance about homelessness and belonging. Including the documentary “Cardboard Streets’ and a post-show talk with the makers and Dave.
I’ve begged for money, I’ve made a bed in front of a Supermarket, I’ve been dirty and hungry and I’m still scared in the dark. It meant nothing. But this does: a story about belonging and possessions, inspired by the homeless people that live on our streets
Screen shot from the documentary
For more information and bookings
The Unresolved Collective
The founders of The Unresolved met as theatre students at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
With a great interest and respect for each others work, and clear links to the same subject of unresolvedness, they’ve put their hands and minds together for The Unresolved Festival. Now, continuing as a meeting place and platform for emerging artist; to inspire, motive, collaborate and share their work.
August 28: The Unresolved Launch Party @ Gallery 198 Art & Learning, Brixton
12/14 September: The Unresolved Festival @ The Ophelia, Dalston
The Fhallacies – Hardcorn
Premiere Central London: March 12, 2014
Zlomvaz Festival in Prague: May 8, 2014
Hardcorn is an experimental work in progress that explores the Freudian theory of the uncanny. The show uses repetition and doubles- it holds a mirror to the audience in order to explore what’s happening underneath the surface. Hardcorn uses dark humor in a crafty, faux-naivete way to play with themes like falseness, illusion and death. Part clown show, part improv exploration, Hardcorn portrays the grotesque journey of life. Hardcorn was created during the spring term 2014 at the Royal School of Speech and Drama by The Fhallacies, an international group of theatre practitioners and trouble makers.
The Fhallacies – Promo picture