An initiative set up to address a lack of British Muslim stories for family audiences on stage is to provide development funding for three new theatre productions.
Stratford Circus Arts Centre in London and Bradford’s Kala Sangam Arts Centre are behind the scheme, which is supported by the Saïd Foundation’s Amal Fund.
The selected projects include Asif Khan’s Jabala and the Jin, a story about an Eid party that takes a supernatural turn.
Female-led company Komola Collective will also receive development funding for Teller of Tales, a new feminist take on One Thousand and One Nights.
The third project is Pet Bird, a show exploring grief devised by Jameela Khan, Fabiola Santana and Umar Butt.
Each production will receive £2,000, free rehearsal space, and the opportunity to pitch their idea to industry professionals at the Half Moon Theatre in London’s Theatre for Young Audiences Consortium in November.
As part of the scheme, one of the three projects will be developed into a full production, which will premiere in London or Bradford in 2020.
Stratford Circus Arts Centre director Tania Wilmer said: “Young people have a right to see their lives and experiences reflected on the stage.
“As an arts centre situated in one of the most ethnically diverse boroughs in the country, we’re acutely aware of the stories that are not being told.
“We’re delighted to be working with the Saïd Foundation and Kala Sangam Arts Centre to support three Muslim-led theatre companies to create shows that draw directly from their culture and community.”