Reflecting personal stories around mental health through poetry, music, dance and dialogue.
Kahaani (meaning ‘story’ in Hindi) is a special performance that features a group of characters telling stories about life as we all experience it at various times.
Set in a busy, modern-day hospital care unit in Birmingham, four strangers from all over world meet and share their experiences.
As they open up to each other, fragments of their personal memories come vividly to life through music, dance, poetry and storytelling. Their stories reflect universal human emotions such as love, anger, humour and sorrow while touching on mental health and well-being.
Appearing alongside the artists is Jasvir Kang, a well-known poet from the West Midlands who is now living with vascular dementia. Jasvir will share her much-admired poems My Mother’s Sari and Old Age as part of the performance.
Everyone is welcome to come along and join in…or you can simply just sit and enjoy the show in your own way. There will also be a chance to take part in a question and answer session with the directors and artists after the show.
The performance will be in English with a few phrases in Hindi which will be translated.
Piali Ray OBE, Director of Sampad Arts and writer Paven Virk (named one of Screen International’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’)
Daz Dolczech, Jaya Khazaei, Manuela Benini, Mohinder Singh (Mendi)
Commissioned by Bedlam Arts & Mental Health Festival. See the full Bedlam Festival brochure below or download it here: Bedlam 2017 Brochure
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There will be other performances of Kahaani in community and health settings in Birmingham and Solihull, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Photo: Jaya Khazaei by Craig Oddy