‘A’ Team Arts presents Rapture
‘A’ Team Arts presents Rapture; a dynamic youth theatre performance which uses rap music and spoken word to tell the story of a young Muslim woman called AJ, who lives in Tower Hamlets and wears her hijab as an actual as well as metaphorical veil to her true identity.
It is loosely based on Rostand’s classic tale, Cyrano De Bergerac which explores the universally relevant themes of truth and deception, values and virtues, and the real meaning of friendship.
Our heroine is AJ. She writes amazing rap lyrics, but because her best friend performs them on the hip hop scene, she doesn’t get the credit for her own political, honest and beautifully composed words. AJ uses the power of poetry to bare her soul but her talents go largely unnoticed.
She feels the weight of peer pressure, she longs to belong, but she understands the conflicting influences that different cultures and faiths have on youth identity. This play focuses on women in Hip-Hop and women in Islam, as well as the wider issues of marginalisation and radicalisation in East London.
This has been put together by the council’s youth arts division and has engaged young people from Tower Hamlets in writing, devising and performing in a production and have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2016.
Suitable for 10+ Language: English Length: 60mins