What would you do if militants stormed a café while you were enjoying time out with friends and family? Young Faraaz Hossain faced this terrifying scenario at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 1st in 2016. Out of nowhere, half a dozen young men ran riot, brandishing bombs, knives and assault rifles, and held everyone inside the café to ransom. The patrons suddenly became hostages, divided by religion, preached to and terrorised. Based on real-life stories from customers and staff alike.
Faraaz's strength in the face of extremism has now been memorialised in the play ,'Terror'. Written by Raminder Kaur. Directed by Mukul Ahmed and designed by Erica Greenshields, Terror aims to honour Faraaz’s memory, while using the voices of customers and staff to retell the horrific incident which stunned those in Bangladesh and beyond.
Terror is staged by Sohaya Visions and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers at Pinter Studio in London in November 2019 kickstarting RAFTA (Rise Against Fanaticism Through the Arts)
Artwork: Mong Mong Sho
Announcing Script Writing Competition: Rise Against Fanaticism through the Arts.
Sohaya Visions and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers have launched a new script writing competition, RAFTA (Rise Against Fanaticism Through the Arts).
RAFTA offers writers £1000 prize money to work with a professional dramaturg and production team to develop a piece of theatre or live performance to promote tolerance and understanding.
Terror is supported by Arts Council England National Lottery Grants for the Arts, A Season of Bangla Drama, Tower Hamlets Council, Crawley Borough Council, Wordfest, University of Sussex Asia Centre, Tamarind Theatre and Inward Arts.