Silk Road Institute / Institut Route de la Soie

Spun

Written by Rabiah Hussain
Directed by Mercedeh Baroque
Creative Consulting by Deborah Forde
Starring Amena Ahmad and Sundance Nagrial

Spun is the story of best friends from working-class British Pakistani families whose priorities shift against a backdrop of politics, causing cracks in their friendship.

September 18 - 28, 2019
1 hr 30 mins
an utterly distinctive voice: playful yet profound, rooted, class-conscious and effortlessly poetic.
fresh and thrilling, pulling a wonderful lyricism out of the rhythms of London slang [...] about friendship that bubbles with original humour.

ABOUT THE SHOW

Spun is the story of best friends, Safa and Aisha, both from working-class British Pakistani families in Newham, London. We meet them as they finish university and, for the first time, are forging different paths. Safa is going off to work at a large organisation in central London and Aisha is staying in Newham to become a teacher, but both with the promise that they will meet every Thursday. However, when London is attacked one day in July, Safa and Aisha feel the whole world spinning. As extremes from all sides take hold of the city, they each find themselves on the receiving end of questions. Aisha is asked by her Muslim students why they are all blamed for the actions of a few, and Safa is on the receiving end of microaggressions from her colleagues about where she stands as a British Muslim. As Safa tries to distance herself from her working-class Muslim roots, Aisha embraces her identity in order to defend her own. Safa starts to drink and Aisha starts to wear a headscarf and when police shoot someone in Forest Gate, Aisha takes to the streets to march for an apology but Safa doesn’t join her. As they each redefine who they are, cracks in their friendship start to appear and the debates happening in the outside world seeps into their day-to-day conversations. When their priorities shift against the backdrop of politics and social change, their friendship ends in a dramatic way.

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Creative Team

Lighting Design: Timothy Rodrigues
Sound Design: Rehan Lalani
Costume Design: Swati Khanna
Set Design&Technical Director: Micheal Tonus