COME TO WHERE I AM – Series 4: Peterborough, is in partnership with Eastern Angles Theatre Company, who are based in Ipswich and Peterborough. Their mission is to provide high quality theatre, maintain and promote regional identity, tour to theatre, non-theatre and community venues, and to develop and produce new and original work. COME TO WHERE I AM Series 4 will be available to watch on our YouTube Channel from 7pm on Wednesday 10 June. The writers are:
Aisha Zia is an award-winning playwright from Peterborough, former resident artist at Somerset House Studios in London and Theatre 503’s 503Five alumni. She has toured site- specific plays across the UK having had huge success with her plays NO GUTS, NO HEART, NO GLORY (Winner of Scotsman Fringe First Award, shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Awards) and OUR GLASS HOUSE (Winner of the Special Commendation from Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Awards) with Common Wealth. Aisha’s work engages young and diverse participants across the UK. Her work is dedicated to non-theatre audiences and has a strong proven track record of working in communities to deliver high-quality artistic work, using her unique approach to testimonial theatre. She is interested in real people and real stories that impact our lives today. Her work with Good Chance Theatre led her to set up a new art gallery and social platform in Peterborough, 62 Gladstone Street, showcasing the work of British Muslim artists to explore the themes of a new piece of work she will be presenting at the HighTide Festival in 2021. Currently under commission from Contact Theatre in Manchester, Aisha is also developing new work with Fuel in London and Ripe Time in New York. As well as conceiving original ideas for theatre, film and TV, Aisha also works as a freelance photo editor for the Financial Times and the New Statesman, having previously worked for The Independent and Reuters.
Phil is a playwright and screenwriter. He originally trained as a director at LAMDA and the NT Studio, before working at Northern Stage on an RTYDS Bursary. Theatre credits include ISAAC CAME HOME FROM THE MOUNTAIN (Theatre 503), EXILES (Alpine Fellowship), LUCY AND THE HAWK (Northern Stage/Ovalhouse) and MARY WHITEHOUSE LOOKS DOWN FROM WHEREVER (CPT). He is currently developing an original series with STV.
Peterborough Poet Laureate 2017-19, Clare Currie is an associate artist of Jumped Up Theatre and a founding member of Syntax Poetry Festival. Clare’s work ranges from writing for and performing at events to facilitating workshops and writing for the stage. She was writer-in-residence at Metal Southend, performing there as part of the Essex Book Festival. She has been a judge in the poetry section of the Young Muslim Writers Awards and has performed alongside artists such as Ross Sutherland and Carmina Masoliver. Clare has worked on a number of theatre projects, including pieces for Eastern Angles and Jumped Up Theatre, in collaboration with Battersea Arts, and was awarded Arts Council funding to develop her creative practice, developing a solo theatre piece, COLD SNAP, which was previewed at Cambridge Junction. Clare’s writing has been described as image-packed and lyrical and often centres on the visceral nature of being embodied as a female.
Marianne Habeshaw is a Teaching Assistant and Poet/Playwright from Hackney (London) and is originally from Peterborough. Marianne’s poem REFUSING TEA is published on the LADA SOMETHING OTHER website. Marianne wrote the play SNOWFLAKES IN THE SLOWCOOKER with ‘Eastern Angles Young Writers’ group in June 2019.