New Family Theatre Show, Bird in the Window to Premiere at Kala Sangam.

Bird in the Window, a new show for children and families will premiere at Kala Sangam, Bradford’s Arts Centre on 16 October, with performances for both schools and the public. Written by Jameela Khan and Umar Butt, Bird in the Window tackles the difficult subject of grief in an accessible way for children aged 6 and up.  The development of this new show has been made possible by funding from Amal as part of a project begun in 2019 to support the creation of new theatre work that showcases stories more representative of Muslim families.

Bird in the Window usespuppetry to tell the story of a son coming to terms with the loss of his father by embarking on a fantastical journey with an old feathery friend. The one hour show is packed with lots of scares laughs, tears, joy and glittery bird poo! Although it specifically features themes relevant to British Muslim communities, it is a show for children and families from all backgrounds.

Creator of the show Jameela Khan said, ‘It’s a risk to get behind a scary topic like grief (a comedy…for kids!) let alone the development of a new production during a pandemic! So, I am thrilled to have this support on our journey of making a new theatre show for young audiences and their families. Big shout out to Kala Sangam and Amal for their staunch support for the team and project!’

Kala Sangam Creative Director Alex Croft said: ‘Looking towards the future, and a post-covid world, I think work tackling the themes present in Bird in the Window is going to be even more relevant. The Arts are going to have a huge role in our recovery as a society, pieces like Bird in the Window will allow us to have difficult conversations in a way that’s appropriate for everyone’.

Creation of the work has been made possible through generous funding from Amal.

Amal supports a wide range of artists and projects including storytelling, visual arts, theatre, poetry, film, music and dance in the UK. It works for greater Muslim participation in arts and cultural activities, richer creative encounters between communities, more authentic representation of Muslim lived experience and stories, and more opportunities for the celebration of our Muslim communities and their contributions to British society. 

Amal CEO Catherine Roe said: ‘Congratulations to Jameela Khan, Umar Butt and all the team for hatching this fantastical but deeply thoughtful response to the losses so many children and adults have recently faced.  We at Amal are delighted to see the return of live theatre and the shared insight and energy it gives us.’

Public performances of Bird in the Window will take place at 11am and 1pm at Kala Sangam on Saturday 16 October. Tickets are Pay What You Decide can be booked at www.kalasangam.org. The show with tour to other venues later in the year.

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