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Kamal Kaan

Associate Artist

Kamal is an actor and writer who’s work is rooted in personal experiences, exploring the insights of being a British born Bradfordian of Bangladeshi origin.

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Kamal Kaan

Associate Artist

Having worked with Freedom Studios as an actor on the production of Brief Encounters and then on the development of North Country, this offered up a creative dialogue with the company regarding other opportunities that may be available to nurture my craft as an actor and writer. My work is rooted in personal experiences, exploring the insights of being a British born Bradfordian of Bangladeshi origin, looking at themes of place and identity.

 

I met with co-artistic director Alex Chisholm after seeking her advice and dramaturgy skills on a part theatre/part installation project titled I REALLY NEED TO TALK TO YA. This was submitted for The Hodgekiss Award at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. Despite not winning, I made the final shortlist and thanks to the belief in my work and support from Alex, I REALLY NEED TO TALK TO YA will be taken under the wings of Freedom Studios for further development.

The work done at Freedom Studios is an invaluable resource for emerging artists, especially in encouraging and supporting creatives from under-represented backgrounds.

 

EDUCATION: Cambridge University reading Architecture. Received the Brian Park Scholarship (Shed Productions) to complete an MA in TV Fiction Writing at Glasgow Caledonian University. Completed the Royal Court Young Writers Programme led by Mike Bartlett. Recently undertook the Tutored Retreat Arvon Foundation Course, mentored by Tanika Gupta (MBE) and Tanya Ronder.

 

WRITER: Collaborations with artist David Shearing: The Weather Machine (2015) for SkyArts/ SkyArts Scholarship (West Yorkshire Playhouse & Stage@Leeds). and it all comes down to this (Stage@Leeds): Winner of Best Installation – World Stage Design 2013. If Anyone Wonders Why Rocks Breakdown (Leeds LightNight).

RADIO: as the cloud takes its last breath, BBC Radio 3.

Winner of Verb New Voices 3.

 

ACTOR: Trained with The National Youth Theatre. Selected credits: Five Days II (BBC), The Syndicate (BBC), Doctors (BBC) and Bollywood Carmen (BBC). Stage: Cymbeline (Cambridge Arts Theatre) directed by Sir Trevor Nunn. A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Japan Tour with Pembroke Players. Boy with a Suitcase (Arcola Theatre), Muslamic Love Story by Nick Ahad (Theatre in the Mill), Second Gen (Theatre in the Mill), A Muslim, Jew and a Christian walk into a room (Joshua Brooks), Brief Encounters (Freedom Studios) and The Chef Show by Nick Ahad (Ragged Edge Productions)  – Rural Tour.  North Country (Freedom Studios), WANTED (West Yorkshire Playhouse – Chris Goode).

 

CURRENTLY: Under commission to write whilst the water weeps next to the water, a radio ballad for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service and afternoon drama – Breaking Up With Bradford, also for BBC Radio 4 – made possible through mentoring from Charlotte Riches – BBC Radio 4 producer. Selected by The Bush Theatre in London to develop an original stage play as part of the Emerging Writers Group 2016. as the cloud takes its last breath has been re-commissioned by Durham Book Festival 2016.

 

Further works at: www.kamalkaan.com

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Natalie Davies

Associate Artist

Natalie will be joining on a 6-month associateship where she will be facilitating a group where local actors come together to develop their skills. She is particularly interested in the new regeneration of Bradford and creating as many opportunities for local artists as possible. There is a fountain of untapped potential in this city and Natalie feels that now is the time that surrounding areas recognise this.

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Natalie Davies

Associate Artist

I am  dual-heritage (Bangladeshi and English) origin and proud to have been born and bred in Bradford. For the past six years I have been working as a freelance actor on both stage and screen.

It was in November 2014 that I made my initial connection with Freedom Studios on their Street Voices programme. The highlight of this project was performing at the Bradford Literature Festival in Nuzhat Ali’s When George came to Bradford. I am currently part of the development of  Freedom Studios upcoming production North Country.

The majority of my time has been spent developing FS youth theatre with Maria Spadafora and Jude Wright. Our partnership schools Grange Technology college and Carlton Bolling have had the opportunity to have access to over 18 months of workshops on a weekly basis. During this time we have created thought provoking theatre that has been featured at the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, International Women’s day and Refugee week. In my role as the workshop facilitator, I am also responsible in delivering drama sessions at The Arc youth centre with youths aged from 11-18. Please see my recent blog Canterbury Youthie for more details:

http://www.freedomstudios.co.uk/canterbury-youthie-by-natalie-davies/

CREDITS

Screen: Coronation Street (ITV), Doctors (BBC), Casualty (BBC) , Bull (UKTV GOLD) The Johnny and Inel show (CBBC).

Stage: North Country (Freedom studios) directed by Alex Chisholm , Scratch R&D (West Yorkshire Playhouse),Green, Amber, Red (Pilot Theatre directed by Marcus Romer, when George came to Bradford (Freedom Studios) directed by Evie Manning,  Urban and The Shed Crew (West Yorkshire Playhouse) directed by Tom Birch, Out of sight (Operating Theatre) directed by Alex Elliot, Resistance (Steel Dragon) directed by Gordon Duffy-Mcghie , Wind in the Willows (Northern Stage) directed by Erica Whyman. Blood Wedding (Lipman Theatre) directed by Alan Lyddiard.   

Voiceover: Inside out (BBC)

Shorts & Commercials: Ryan (Abi Moffat) Sick Party (Eddy Marshall) Tesco (Neil Harris) Rubicon Mango (Menhaj Huda)  

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Imran Ali

Technologist-in-residence

Imran joins Freedom Studios as technologist-in-residence, to explore collisions between emerging technologies and theatre through a series of design fiction and world-building provocations. Imran is a native “Bradistani” and is excited about playing with Freedom Studios at a time when Bradford is getting weird and interesting again.

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Imran Ali

Technologist-in-residence

Imran Ali is a founding partner of CARBON:imagineering, a boutique digital innovation and R&D practice, exploring the impact of emerging technologies.

 

Previously, Imran was the first generation of Freeserve employees, established the Technology Research team for Orange UK, was part of the advisory boards of O’Reilly’s ETel confer  ence, the mobile messaging startup Treasuremytext and, the eComm conference, as well as serving on the boards of venture-backed ensembli, bmedi@ and two years as a trustee of the Impressions Gallery. Imran has also served as conference director of Manchester’s FutureEverything festival and cofounded LSx, curating and producing technology industry events across the Leeds City Region.

 

Most recently Imran became a trustee of Halifax’s IOU Theatre, The Media Centre in Huddersfield and featured in Tech In Leeds, a documentary charting Leeds’ impact on the digital industry.

 

Imran joins Freedom Studios as technologist-in-residence, to explore collisions between emerging technologies and theatre through a series of design fiction and world-building provocations. Imran is a native “Bradistani” and is excited about playing with Freedom Studios at a time when Bradford is getting weird and interesting again.

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