We are Mick Martin & Jude Wright. We are bent architect.
We create original shows which give voice to the voiceless. We create new worlds and experiences for participants and audiences.
FULL ENGLISH will tell the story of the women of Canterbury Estate - white British girls from the 1960's who married Pakistani men & brought up mixed race children. Driven out by their families & shunned by their husband's community, they finally found a place where they could belong - on the Canterbury Estate, a place which embraced their difference and a place they could call home.
Told through the eyes of our Associate Artist, Bradford actor Natalie Davies, FULL ENGLISH will explore the story of how her own grandmother overcame the odds to find her place here in Bradford & the legacy of growing up mixed race.
Because, let's face it, who is full English anyway?
The show will be created in 3 different ways - as a studio theatre piece at Kala Sangam, an outdoor performance event on the Canterbury Estate and as an interactive digital performance, developed alongside the renowned interactive theatre-makers, Coney.
Each different form will give a different view of the story and audiences can see just one or all three versions.
Associate Artist, Natalie Davies, says:
"It's a big step for me, and a huge learning experience, but it's really exciting. Even though this is the story of my Nan, who lived on the Canterbury Estate where I grew up, it's also a story about identity and finding my own place. And it's vital that I understand this now, as my story will be the most important thing I can pass on to my daughter."
Jude Wright of Bent Architect says:
"FULL ENGLISH will be a celebration - a collision of cultures, melding music, dance and story-telling to create a dynamic and exhilarating journey rooted in Bradford.
It's not rose tinted. The women we are celebrating have faced challenges and prejudice head on, and had to watch their children - and grandchildren - do the same. But throughout that journey, they have loved and laughed, danced and dodged, and ultimately found their place and voice here, in Bradford on the Canterbury Estate - where else?"
We plan to perform the piece in Bradford this June / July 2021.
The project is being supported by a grant from Arts Council, England, a Make Work Grant from the Bradford Producing Hub together with support from Bradford Council & Kala Sangam.
Part 1 of Full English will be presented at Kala Sangam in June.
Dates: Wed 23 June - Preview Thurs 24 June - Opening Fri 25 June - Show Sat 26 June - Show (incl. matinee)
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