Aaliyah (After Antigone)


Watch the digital BSL and Captioned version of Aaliyah (After Antigone) recorded at Impact Hub Bradford on 14th October 2021

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Freedom Studios presents, in association with CARBON: Imagineering

Aaliyah (After Antigone)
By Kamal Kaan
Directed by Alex Chisholm and Dermot Daly
Designed by Miriam Nabarro
Sound Design by Ed Clarke

BSL Interpretation by Sarah Cox

“What do you wanna be remembered for when your children say your name?”

In an office somewhere in Bradford, Aaliyah and Imani are trying to get on with their cleaning job while anxiously waiting for news of their brother, Syeed, threatened with deportation to Bangladesh. When Home Secretary, Parveen Parvaiz, announces the news they dread, Aaliyah must rise up and face the might of the State but her political activism puts her own life in danger.

The production is both a digital and live experience that examines the fragile nature of Citizenship, making us question our own relationship with ourselves, others, and our country.

Written by Bradford’s own Kamal Kaan, author of Breaking Up with Bradford for BBC and Decades for Leeds Playhouse.

Cast: Halema Hussain (Aaliyah); Lydia Hasoon (Imani), Jag Sanghera (Hussain) and Siddiqua Akhtar (Parveen Parvaiz)
Age Recommendation 12+
Content warning: references racism, citizenship, death, violence and illness.

Many thanks to

Impact Hub Bradford – Impact Hub Bradford is a locally rooted, globally connected social innovation hub and coworking space based in Bradford’s historic Little Germany district. We inspire, connect and support changemakers, social entrepreneurs, businesses and startups to build solutions that create positive social impact. Impact Hub Bradford provides flexible and creative working space as well as access to development, coaching and mentoring programmes.

West Riding House for the loan of office furniture

Solidaritech for the loan of monitors and keyboards

Tom Blackband, Ivan Mack, Richard Warburton and Theatre in the Mill for all the support on lighting.

Emaleigh Pightling, Stage Manager

Mian Rahman RTYDS Assistant Director at Freedom Studios through the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme.

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