In Development: Jumu’ah (Fridays Prayers)
In a brand new performance by Muslim community members and artists, ActNow Theatre has been creating an engaging piece of theatre about Islamophobia and understanding Islam.
Entitled Jumu’ah (Friday Prayers), the piece will be heavily focused on cultural awareness and conversation. Directed by Yasmin Gurreeboo, with a script written by Lur Alghurabi and Manal Younus, Jumu’ah has been developed in consultation with Muslim Woman’s Association of South Australia, Australian Refugee Association and Multicultural Youth South Australia.
The performance follows the story of three siblings, performed by Manal Younus, Shabana Azeez and Ramses Saaid, and the happenings around an Islamophobic attack. The atmosphere of the work is driven by auditory design, featuring a musical soundscape underscoring the performance by Nelya Valamanesh. Alongside every performance is a workshop component that we are in the midst of developing.
Jumu’ah (Friday Prayers) has had a number of pilot performances at schools across Metro Adelaide. It has been highly praised by teachers and students alike.
“We felt incredibly lucky to have you visit – thank you all so very much.”– Teacher
“It was great for the kids to experience something from ActNow Theatre. They are not used to being involved and challenged by something so real and powerful. Your visit to our school has promoted much discussion in such a culturally diverse school. … You have such an important message to share!”– Teacher
This project is a part of the major output from two-year Department for Communities and Social Inclusion funding.