Wednesday 24th October 2012
Rehearsed Reading: ‘Happy Place’ by Yasmeen Khan
Venue: Theatre in the Mill, University of Bradford
Theatre in the Mill specialises in supporting artists to realise their vision. We are delighted to be working with journalist, comedienne and writer Yasmeen Khan in the development of her new play exploring the contemporary British Asian experience.
Happy Place is the story of Zara, a British Asian Muslim journalist struggling to find a pigeon hole that fits. Zara writes about lifestyle, but should she be writing hard-hitting pieces about terrorism, like best friend Lauren? Covering themes of identity, consumerism and our current obsession with all things retro, Happy Place explores the dangers of avoiding your present by living in the past.
Yasmeen Khan is a freelance writer/performer and broadcaster/journalist. She is a graduate of the Royal Court's Critical Mass writer programme and is currently developing two plays commissioned for production in 2013. As a broadcaster, she presents documentaries for BBC Radio 4 on topics ranging from street harassment of women to British Asian issues and quirky social and cultural issues. Her programmes have been consistently listed as critic's choice in the papers. As one half of comedy sketch duo Asian Provocateurs Yasmeen was a finalist in the New Act of the Year competition and listed by the Sunday Times as one of the top female acts to see at Edinburgh 2011. Yasmeen has also devised and performed comedy and drama with the MUJU Crew, the Muslim-Jewish theatre group based at the Tricycle theatre.
For performance with Asian Provocateurs and MUJU
"The Asian French and Saunders" Latest 7
"Great acting, clever writing, intelligent comedy" Eastern Eye
"Two sharp young women...with a mischievous twinkle" Sunday Times, Six best female acts to see at Edinburgh
“Brilliantly varied comedy” Spoonfed
Yasmeen Khan is a freelance broadcaster/journalist and writer/performer. She presents documentaries and features on BBC Radio 4, often covering issues relating to the British Asian community. She is currently under commission to write two new plays for production in 2013 and has previously written and performed comedy as part of the MUJU (Muslim-Jewish) theatre group and sketch duo Asian Provocateurs. Huddersfield born and bred, Yasmeen sadly left the north years ago for life in that London but often comes home to visit her parents and top-up her fading Yorkshire accent.
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