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KQ Private View: Covid and Me Monologues
Theatre of Debate present ‘Covid and Me’, a series of monologues to show how people from underserved communities have been affected by the Covid Pandemic and to underline the importance of COVID-19 research in developing treatments and vaccines for all.
Inspired by the lived-in experiences of the participants, the playwrights created 10 authentic characters, who appear in 13 original monologues. Each monologue explores the characters experience of living in a world which has been changed by the Covid 19 pandemic, capturing their thoughts and feelings about taking part in Covid 19 treatment and vaccine trials.
These films are fictional pieces of storytelling drama funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), in partnership with Leeds University.
Join this special, theatrical, event where we’ll be seeing some of the monologues performed live, and will hear more about the project. The event will be of particular interest to parents, teachers, community educators and anyone working in data research, clinical trials and public health.
Prof Sue Pavitt specialises in clinical trial research and at the University of Leeds. She is passionate about encouraging research inclusivity and works with and for underserved communities to tackle health inequality and literacy. As a Project Lead at the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), she is a Co Executive Producer of the Covid and Me project.
Sudha Bhuchar is an award-winning actor/playwright. TV and film credits include Coronation street, Stella, Mary Poppins Returns and Mogul Mowgli. Writing credits include Child of the Divide (Winner Asian Media Awards 2018), My Name is…. (which she also adapted for Radio 4) and Touchstone Tales, a Revoluton Arts/Wellcome Collection commission. Sudha is one of the playwrights who created the 13 monologues in this project.
Shaheen Khan is an actor/co-writer whose career spans over 40 years in film, TV, stage, radio, audiobooks and voice overs. Her film work includes Bhaji on the Beach and Bend it Like Beckham. Theatre credits include Midnights Children (RSC) and Rafta Rafta (National Theatre). She won The Asian Women of Achievement Award for Arts and Culture in 2006. Shaheen will do a live reading of one of the monologues during the event.
Oladipo Agboluaje has written several original plays, adaptations, and radio plays. He has been writer in residence at Soho Theatre and the National Theatre. He is Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of East London and Assistant General Secretary of the African Theatre Association. His most recent play, Here’s What She Said To Me was produced by Utopia Theatre at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.
Nigel Townsend is Founder and Artistic Director of Theatre of Debate, and has produced 33 national and international tours of plays with workshops and online resources reaching over a million young people, teachers, youth leaders, health and science professionals and members of the general public. Nigel is Co-Executive producer of the Covid and Me project.
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