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RAFTA 2023

Rise Against Fanaticism Through the Arts 

Based on the success of our previous call in 2021, RAFTA returns with another competition for creative and unique scripts against extremism, intolerance and xenophobia.

The winning script will receive £500 with the commitment to produce it for the stage. 5 runners-up will be selected for rehearsed script readings. The deadline for submissions is January 20, 2024.

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We launch RAFTA 2023 as part of Black History Month with the production of two more RAFTA scripts for the stage, MABRUKA’S LAMENT and END OF THE LINE.

by Marc Littman

directed by Mukul Ahmed

Mabruka is a Yazidi

teenager who tries to

navigate the great

weights placed on her as

a woman and a carrier

of family and community

honour after she meets

a mysterious man.

Touching upon Yazidi and Sunni tensions in the deserts of Iraq at a time before Da’esh (ISIL) terrorised the community, MABRUKA’S LAMENT is both a seductive romance and a Shakespearean tragedy.

MABRUKA’S LAMENT with Rez Kabir, Suzanne Kendall, Kareem Nasif & Celine Shamdasani

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Unknown, faceless woman' by Ivana Waleed, Yazidi Activist and Survivor.

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Photographs from Wikimedia Creative Commons 


by Megan Hoche

directed by Sarah Jane Schostack

A funny and razor-sharp look at systemic racism in America.

Set in New York, this fast-paced play focuses on the energetic city lives of diverse people –Black, White and Muslim. It covers xenophobia and White nationalism during Trump’s era while seeking to create fundamental shifts in blinkered worldviews.

END OF THE LINE with Meaghan Martin, Steven Dean Moore, Adrian Richards & Yasmin Taheri


Rehearsed script-readings

Sunday October 15, 2023



Crawley Museum, 103 High St, Crawley RH10 1DD


R&D staged performances 

Saturday October 28, 7.30pm MABRUKA’S LAMENT 

Sunday October 29, 7.30pm END OF THE LINE 

Pinter Studio, ArtsONE, QMUL, Mile End Rd, London E1 9PA


All RAFTA events are free, but bookings need to be made on the links for staged performances. Suitable for ages 10+, each event is about 1 hour long and will be followed by a Q&A.

Photographs from Wikimedia Creative Commons and 'Unknown, faceless woman' by Ivana Waleed, Yazidi Activist and Survivor.


RAFTA 2023


Raminder Kaur and Mukul Ahmed

Stage Managers

Isobel Hobby Norris and Jaymie Stewart


Esme Solomon

Projections Designer 

Jules Deering

Lighting Designer 

Tracey Hammill

Sound Designer 

Tarun Jasani

Publicity and Marketing 

Prabhjit Singh, Sohana Kaur and Suraya Bains


Inspired by their theatre production, TERROR, Sohaya Visions and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers launched a scriptwriting competition, RAFTA (Rise Against Fanaticism Through the Arts) in 2021.


TERROR's protagonist, Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain, received several posthumous awards for his bravery against violent extremism on July 1, 2016 at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh.


This competition was held in honour of the memory and has the principal aim of tackling the rise of fanaticism through artistic expression.

From the 111 scripts received for RAFTA 2021, we have produced 15 script reading sessions online among other events, and produced two R&Ds for the stage.

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‘RAFTA was a great experience that allowed me to participate, observe, listen and gain a variety of global insights into artistic viewpoints of fanaticism.’


Very timely. Sometimes I wasn't sure if I should laugh or cry!'

'The scripts were varied, took me into different worlds of perceptions and viewpoints and also the power of hearing different languages and cultures.'

'The acting and direction were outstanding. I also enjoyed the Q&A afterwards. Very insightful questions.'

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by Kaamil Shah

ALLAH' own country was the winning script of RAFTA and also a runner-up for the Soho Theatre Verity Bargate Award. 

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by Angela J. Davis

'Agathe provokes, entertains and educates all at the same time, making for an unforgettable evening.'

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A multi-award winning script, AGATHE received a Special Commendation in RAFTA 2021.

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