Congrats to all for an amazing festival!

We had a great time performing Mobile Incitement at the Freedom and Independence Theatre Festival, with some amazing audience feedback. We feel deep gratitude to the many people who made it happen but especially Kazi Ruksana Begum, Tower Hamlets Arts Development Officer, who is an absolute force of nature, making amazing things like this festival happen on tiny budgets, while calmly dealing with the Herculean task of coordinating lot of artists and companies, both professional and amateur. Big thanks also to Mushahed Ahmed, Jules Deering, Ali Campbell and everyone else.

Special thanks also to our amazing guest artist Saida Tani, who brought some absolute magic to the show.

We also want to say a massive thank you to our producer Maeve, who’s on maternity leave, along with huge congratulations. And a big hello to the newest member of her family!

We were delighted to see many of our friends and allies in the festival, including of course our long-term partners on the East storytelling project Bishwo Shahitto Kendro, as well as the Community of Refugees from Vietnam, Numbi Arts, Message Cultural Group and Mukul and Ghetto Tigers. It really is a a true community here in Tower Hamlets and the wider East London area; mutually supportive, multicultural and profusely creative.

Our matinee was filmed by the very talented Kayser Foyz, and the brilliant Rehan Jamil (as ever) took photos. We’ll share all that in due course, but for now it’s just a big, big thank you from the cast and team, pictured above. Left to right: Andy Bannister, Dan Cox and Paul Burgess of the Black Smock Band, guest artist Saida Tani, and Rhiannon Kelly aka Gerrard Winstanley, fresh from the C17th.

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