A site immersive work taking over the various spaces at the Hat Factory to tell a story unique and 'local' to Luton exploring mental health through a series of performances and installations by various artists as well as company performance. Curated by Amina Khayyam.

 

 

 

Wed 12th 11.30am (to 2.30pm)

 

KHOL DO – 11.30 – installation loop

A simple desire to sit and sway on a swing… Just for once.  Explored by Artist Shakila Maan,  inspired from the writings of Saadat Hasan Manto.

 

TELL ME MY STORY…   11.30am

An invitation awaits you to the parlour of internationally acclaimed and doctorate storyteller Seema Anand.

 

MOTHER’S MONOLOGUES 12.05pm

Local verbatim accounts presented as excerpts from their forthcoming show: - incidents and moments charged by dark clouds of austerity and more... Created with local women by Shemiza Rashid.

 

THE SECRET DANCER 1.00pm

Will it take a biscuit or two to lure you to her living room to reveal a secret… Performer: Bisakha Sarker.

 

THE HUM…   2.00pm 

Listening out inside and deafening.. Listening and deafening out inside.  Kathak’s storytelling and cello’s emotive narration come together to begin telling the ‘local’ Luton story... Performers: Jane Chan and Iain McHugh

Thurs 13th 5.30pm (to 9.30pm)

 

PICTURE ME HERE – Arrival Experience

Start your experience with photo-ing yourself where you want to be…

 

KHOL DO – 5.45 – installation loop

A simple desire to sit and sway on a swing… Just for once.  Explored by Artist Shakila Maan inspired by writings of Saadat Hasan Manto. 

 

RED AND BLACK – 6.15 / 6.45 / 7.15

A dancer takes over the stage dressed in half a wedding dress attempting to wrangle herself out of it… Performer: Parbati Chaudhury.

 

THE SECRET DANCER – 6.25  / 6.50 / 7.20

Will it take a biscuit or two to lure you to her living room to reveal her secret…

Performer: Bisakha Sarker.

 

MAN /AADMI – 6.30 / 7.00 / 7.30

With a noose hanging above him, the character Man tells us the temptation of using it… Performer: Sooraj Subramaniam.

 

MOTHER’S MONOLOGUES  6.40/ 7.10 / 7.25

Local verbatim accounts presented as excerpts from their forthcoming show: - incidents and moments charged by dark clouds of austerity and more... PCreated with local women by Shemiza Rashid.

 

THE HUM IN MY HEART – 7.45 

Amina Khayyam takes the stage with her company of award winning performers and world-class musicians including Debasish Mukherjee on Tabla to continue telling the ‘local story’. 

 

PAGALKHANA – 9.00pm

Mental health described without naming it attempts a comedic routine.