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Theatre in the Mill (TITM) is the new work studio in Bradford situated on the University of Bradford Campus.

The Theatre in the Mill aims to be a creative and socially engaged venue, one that offers broad ranging support and opportunities for innovative artists to make new work, investigate that within a social context and make that work meaningful through connecting it with a wider world. 

‘TANJA’ - Stand and Be Counted Theatre

‘TANJA’ - Stand and be Counted Theatre. Friday 10th November, 7.30pm at Theatre in the Mill

‘TANJA’ - Stand and be Counted Theatre. Friday 10th November, 7.30pm at Theatre in the Mill

Description

This is what she would have said, if only we’d let her.

An impassioned call to arms, a play and a campaign: ‘TANJA’ is a dramatic exploration of immigration detention centres, starring Emily Ntshangase-Wood, a former Yarl’s Wood detainee.

SBC Theatre are the UK’s first Theatre Company of Sanctuary and are Associate Artists at Cast, Doncaster.

‘Politically the piece is doing something remarkable’ British Theatre Guide

Concession tickets available for state pensioners and University of Bradford staff members.

Discounted tickets available for students and people receiving disability/unemployment benefit.

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The Class Project – Rebecca Atkinson-Lord

The Class Project - Rebecca Atkinson-Lord

The Class Project - Rebecca Atkinson-Lord

Description

Arch 468 presents a Theatre in the Mill commission

This is a show about belonging. About tribes and families. About the place you belong because you were born there; the places that are in your blood but also the places you adopt; that you pretend are your home and the places you change yourself to try and belong in.

It’s about class mobility. And regional identity. And being a Thatcher’s child. It’s about education and ‘making good’ for yourself. And maybe about how that can leave you exiled from the place you started. With nowhere to quite belong.

It’s about always being an imposter and trying to remember how to speak in your own voice.

The Class Project is a Theatre in the Mill commission, produced by Arch 468, funded by Arts Council England and supported by ARC Stockton, Derby Theatre, The Bike Shed and the Old Vic and by China Plate, mac birmingham, Warwick Arts Centre and In Good Company through the First Bite Festival.

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Halimo - A Bradford Story - Cecil Green Arts

Halimo - A Bradford Story -  Cecil Green Arts

Halimo - A Bradford Story - Cecil Green Arts

Description

Halimo is the story of Halimo Batel, who came to Bradford as part of the Bradford Exhibition of 1904. In this story of migration, arrival, birth and death we will explore questions of identity and values which are still pertinent to communities in Bradford today.

The Bradford Exhibition was held in Lister Park from May to October in the year that Cartwright Hall opened. For most of the 2.5m visitors to the exhibition, this would have been their first encounter with people of colour and intense public and media interest was heightened by a birth, a fire and a dispute over payments. Tragically during this time Halimo contracted TB and died. She became the first Muslim to be buried in Bradford.

For this piece of visual theatre CGA will be directed by master puppeteer Alison Duddle, (formerly joint Artistic Director of Horse + Bamboo Theatre). Joining our artist team will be two Bradford based artists Uzma Kazi and Somali born Shamsa Bakari.

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Nikah - Tribe Arts

Tribe - Nikah

Nikah - Tribe Arts (work in progress ticket), Sat 4th Nov, 7.30pm - Theatre in the Mill

£3.00

Description

With post-show Q&A

Nikah is the intimate story of a boy from Bradford – Siddique Akbar Ali.


His name may sound foreign, but he’s very, very British. A cup of Yorkshire Tea fills him with comfort and he enjoys all the things a typical 15-year old lad would.

But he has a dark story to tell. His world is about to contort and twist into a nightmare that even he can’t understand, where the people who should love and protect him, take advantage of his naivety and abuse his freedoms.

He is being forced to marry, but he doesn’t know who she is, or what this will mean for him. Nikah is the inspiring story of endurance, empowerment and the realisation of the self.

A Tribe Arts Production, Co-Produced with Camden People’s Theatre & Ovalhouse, Supported by Arts Council England and Bradford City Council.

Concession tickets available for state pensioners and University of Bradford staff members.

Discounted tickets available for students and people receiving disability/unemployment benefit.
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Truth to Power - London Artists Projects

The Truth to Power Cafe

The Truth to Power Café - work in progress, Weds 8th Nov, 7.30pm

£3.00

Description

London Artists Projects and Theatre in the Mill in association with Cast and Index On Censorship present

The Truth to Power Café - work in progress

‘The revolutionary potential of theatre at its best and most direct…’ Guardian

The Truth to Power Café begins a unique twelve-month exploration into the power of free speech, and political activism as participants of all ages, beliefs, and backgrounds have five minutes to respond to the question: ‘Who has power over you and what do you want to say to them?’ before a live audience.

Is it to your parents, a sibling, a politician, lover, landlord, neighbour, religious leader, boss, banker or simply your best friend? It’s time to tell them the truth before it’s too late.
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Bussing Out - Cleanskin Productions

Bussing Out

Bussing Out - Cleanskin Productions - Work in Progress ticket - Sat 25th November, 7.30pm

£3.00

Description

Bussing Out will focus on a hidden history that shaped the identity of ethnic minority children who came to Bradford in the sixties and seventies. Bussing Out was a Department of Education Policy advising local authorities to disperse ‘immigrant’ children from urban inner city primary schools into schools in outlying white areas. The reason for this was racially motivated; because the ‘immigrant’ children meant Black and Asian children. Immigration and integration continues to be hot topic, and dispersal is often brought up again and again as the solution.

This production is an exploration of these themes using oral histories of seventeen adults who were bussed as children. Participatory workshops with school children in Bradford today will shape this work in progress by Cleanskin Productions. This rehearsed reading will use sixties sci-fi and documentary theatre techniques to explore the dispersal policy.

Cleanskin is an artist led company aiming to create world-class multimedia performance and art for social change through participatory processes.
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Call it a Day - Greg Wohead

Greg Wohead - Call it a Day, Friday 1st December, 7.30pm at Theatre in the Mill

Greg Wohead - Call it a Day, Friday 1st December, 7.30pm at Theatre in the Mill

Description

Two couples; one liberal, one conservative. One progressive, one traditional. One secular, one faithful.


Call it a Day stems from a real meeting with a traditional Amish couple. From a remembered account of one afternoon, an almost musical series of repetitions are set in motion. A strange and kaleidoscopic examination of the possibility and impossibility of understanding one another.


Call it a Day is produced in partnership with Los Angeles Performance Practice and was initially developed as part of the Los Angeles Performance Practice residency program with the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA. Co-commissioned by Theatre in the Mill and South Street. Seed commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall. Developed at and supported by The Yard. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

 

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