Conceived by young women from Common Wealth’s Speakers Corner Collective, Peaceophobia is about challenging the political, social, and cultural narratives surrounding young Muslim men. Part theatre show, part car rally, Peaceophobia addresses the hostility and misunderstanding surrounding Islam. If Islam means peace, how can you have a fear of peace?
Common Wealth are working with members of Speakers Corner Collective and Bradford Modified Club to create a site-specific performance event staged in car parks, performed by three members of the Bradford Modified Club and their cars. Peaceophobia explores pride, freedom, and adrenaline and cars as a symbol of strength, skill, and recovery.
We are planning to present Peaceophobia from April 2021 onwards. We will be listening and following guidelines carefully, adapting our plans as best we can along the way.
Peaceophobia is co-created by Common Wealth, Speakers Corner, and Bradford Modified Club.
Performed by Mohammad Ali Yunis, Casper Ahmed, and Sohail Hussain
Written by Zia Ahmed with Mohammad Ali Yunis, Casper Ahmed, and Sohail Hussain
Directed by Evie Manning, Iram Rehman, Sajidah Shabir, Rosema Nawaz, Mariyah Kayat, Madeyah Khan, Zara Zaheer, and Maleehah Hussain
Designer – Rosie Elnile
Sound Designer & Composer – Wojtek Rusin
Production Manager – Liam Whittaker
Additional technical support from Erik Perera and Ross Flight.
The R&D for Peaceophobia is supported by Blueprint: Without Walls R&D Investment Fund, Co-Creating Change, Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and Pears Foundation.