Common Wealth and Fuel
Created by Common Wealth, Speakers Corner and Bradford Modified Car Club, Peaceophobia is a car rally/theatre show challenging the political, social and cultural narratives around young Muslim men.
Peaceophobia will be an exciting immersive performance staged in car parks that will explore Islamophobia and the political, social and cultural narratives around young Muslim men in Britain today. Peaceophobia was conceived by Speakers Corner, a predominantly female Muslim collective of Bradford-based teenagers, in response to growing Islamophobia around the world.
Peaceophobia will be developed in Bradford in 2020 before premiering at Transform festival in 2021 and touring 2021-22. Speakers Corner see their male family and friends repeatedly targeted by negative media narratives because of the colour of their skin and the type of cars they drive. There is a thriving Modified Car community in Bradford and because the community mainly comprises of young Muslim men, their skill, dedication and passion is often dismissed or equated with anti-social behaviour.
Fuel is a registered charity and National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England with fifteen years of experience in producing and touring new work, including Requardt & Rosenberg’s. Electric Hotel (2011) and The Roof (2014).
Fuel champions diversity through its work. 50% of Fuel’s 2018/19 programme of work was led by BAME artists and through its 10% free ticket scheme for Barbershop Chronicles thousands of first-time attendees, newly arrived residents, youth and BAME audiences experienced the show for free.
Common Wealth is a registered charity and a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England. It aims to make theatre for people who don’t usually think it’s for them. Common Wealth believes theatre should belong to everyone – as the audience, participants and as protagonists.
Common Wealth’s work typically focusses on a theme or subject matter that involves a specific demographic which is socially or politically excluded in some way, the result tends to connect with people far more widely than the individuals and communities it started with as it is shared experiences that allow people from different walks of life to connect with and relate to one another.
Speakers Corner, the women and girls who inspired the idea will continue to contribute and take shared responsibility at every level of the project, which will be their first experience of creating outdoor work.
Bradford Modified Car Club (BMCC) is run by (Ali) Mohammad Yunis, who will be a key player in the project as both a devisor and performer. He will play a big role in engaging performers, audiences and communities in the project through his role as a youth worker and as the organiser of the Bradford Modified Car Club. Ali will bring his vital expertise in organising car rallies and building the community of BMCC to the project. Ali will develop this in a new environment of outdoor performance, which he will build on throughout alongside Fuel and Common Wealth.
Funding, commissioning and partner credits:
R&D investment through Without Walls Blueprint.