Kiota Showcase

Fri Nov 11 2022 at 07:00 pm to Sat Nov 12 2022 at 09:00 pm

The Wardrobe Theatre | Bristol

Kiota Bristol
Publisher/HostKiota Bristol
Kiota Showcase
Our quarterly showcase of BPOC excellence in the arts in Bristol and surrounding areas, hosted by founders Aisha Ali & Shagufta Iqbal.
About this Event

We're back!!! Kiota are excited to announce a double-bill showcase with shows on Fri 11th Nov AND Sat 12th Nov! If you are a Kiota fan, Combi tickets are available to see both shows! Breathing Fire will be doing some Playback theatre on both nights, with additional artists on each night. Please see below for more details:

Friday 11th November

Aisha Ali , a Non-Binary, Queer, South Asian Vocal Artist, Improviser, Composer, Producer and Workshop facilitator and co-founder of Kiota! Aisha normally composes music for other people's theatrical productions but will share a few of their own songs! They love layers of vocal harmony accompanied by interesting beats and rhythms. They are also a big fan of creating a collaborative musical experience. Expect soulful, silly and sublime.

Roshini Sridhar has been an actor, assistant director, and lighting designer in Chennai-based theatre company, Theatre Nisha, for 6 years. She has performed Kalidasa’s poem, Kumarasambhavam, as a solo, and has been a part of several national and international theatre festivals. She is currently living in London, UK, pursuing her Master’s in Drama and Movement Therapy at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Roshini will be sharing an excerpt from her Edinburgh Fringe show Apradini.

'Apradhini' is the story of five women whom the author encounters when she visits a women’s Pr*son for a cultural event. The women have been incarcerated for life for crimes including armed robbery, dacoity and M**der. While guilty of their crimes, the author is astonished to hear the stories leading to these crimes being committed. These women have been beaten, abused and exploited by society, and it is their acts to regain some autonomy and liberation that brought them to the attention of the law. Are their crimes heartless violations or a response to their untenable circumstances?

Saturday 12th November

Sami Abu Wardeh, (Winner - Brighton Fringe Reviews Hub award 2021, Siblings and Sami) brings some serious characters to you, making you question what it means to commit to a joke. One of Chortle’s _Ones to Watch 2022_, he relentlessly clowns with his body and voice until you leave the room out of spite or fear. “No one can take their eyes off him” - reviews hub. “Looks like he’s going to have a pretty big year” - Chortle.

Shagufta K Iqbal , Founder of The YoniVerse Poetry Collective and Co-founder of Kiota Bristol, longlisted for the Jerwood Compton poetry fellowship, is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, workshop facilitator and Tedx Speaker.

Described by gal-dem as a poet whose work ‘leaves you validated but aching – her narratives are important, heart-wrenching and relatable.’ Her poetry collection ‘Jam Is For Girls, Girls Get Jam’ (one of Burning Eye Books bestselling collections) has been recommended by Nikesh Shukla as ‘a social political masterclass.’

She will be sharing a selection of her favourite poems.

On both nights

Breathing Fire, a group of Black women of Afrikan / Caribbean descent who are committed to the empowerment of those who have historically been denied a voice. Based in Bristol , they are the UK’s only Black Women’s Playback Theatre company. They acknowledge that by sharing individual and collective stories, we tap in to the griot (Afrikan storytelling) which is grounded in their ancestral heritage. They will be doing playback based in issues around Climate Justice.



Event Venue & Nearby Stays

The Wardrobe Theatre, 25 West Street, Bristol, United Kingdom


GBP 0.00 to GBP 12.00

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