On 7 December the British Council, as part of its New Work New Audiences programme, will be presenting the British play No Idea at 8.00 p.m. at El Sawy Culturewheel, Wisdom Hall.
Created by Lisa Hammond, Rachael Spence and Lee Simpson, No Idea is a play inspired by people from the streets of London. Rachael and Lisa, who uses a wheelchair, wanted to make a theatre show but couldn’t think of an idea. So, armed with a tape recorder, they went on to the streets and asked people to take a good look at them and imagine what their show and story could be about.
The play will be followed by a post-performance discussion between the cast and audience, featuring talks inspired by the content of, and artistic process behind, the play, as well as a discussion about the collaboration of theatre makers from Egypt and the UK.
The No Idea production team chose Syria and Egypt as part of a wider British Council project that builds on the power of performing arts to speak to audiences from different cultures, posing difficult questions and stimulating reflection over how we perceive ourselves and the others," says Laila Hourani, Creativity Theme manager, NENA.
No Idea is supported by New Work New Audiences, a regional British Council project which explores performing arts to develop cultural understanding, trust and dialogue between artists and audiences in the region and the UK.