Us, (Post 23/3) is an experiment with Zoom. A short play, written by Kamal Kaan specifically to be rehearsed, performed and watched on Zoom. Exploring the disproportionate effect that COVID-19 has had on the British Asian community and the ripples it sends through one family on the front line.
This play makes us question British society’s role in the COVID crisis, what we, as a community, stand for and whether the British-Asian community should be laying their lives on the line for a country that continually denies their right to exist.
Kamal Kaan is an actor and writer for screen, radio and theatre.
He was story consultant for Clio Barnard’s forthcoming film,
Ali & Ava, and has also been working with BBC Writersroom
and Bandit Television as a storyliner for a television adaptation
of the novel, The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters, by chef, presenter, The Great Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain MBE. His radio plays include, Father’s Land in Mother Tongue and Breaking Up with Bradford, both broadcast in BBC Radio 4’s Afternoon Drama slot. Whilst his theatre work includes, Ayeesha: After Antigone, a contemporary retelling of Sophocles’ play, to be staged next year by Bradford-based theatre company, Freedom Studios, for whom he is an Associate Artist. After winning scholarships to study for a BA in Architecture at University of Cambridge and an MA in TV Fiction Writing at Glasgow Caledonian University, he went on to become an alumni of both the Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers Group and Royal Court Theatre Young Writers Programme. In 2017 he was listed by Prolific North in the top script writers category.
Us, (Post 23/3), Covid Lockdown Breath Machine and Have Your Passport Ready by Stand and Be Counted Theatre together form our Arts Council England’s Emergency Response Fund for Non-NPOs funded programme.
To be released as part of Knaïve Theatre: A Digital Lyceum's inaugural season 10th -12th December 2020.