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by Azan Ahmed

Yusuf's dad has just passed away, but their relationship was lost a long time ago. To Yusuf, his dad had always been a 'man of few words, many grunts'. But after stumbling upon an old 90s cassette, Yusuf discovers his father had more to say than he ever thought.

STATUES is a new play written & performed by actor, poet Azan Ahmed. Blending rap, movement and poetry, STATUES explores and investigates how Muslim men shrink into statues of their former selves over time. Half of the action takes place in 1996, the other in present day. This play is a love letter to the original code switchers. It's about loss, and all you can gain from it.

Development of this play has been supported by Barbican's Open Labs, Nouveau Riche & New Diorama Theatre Broadgate.


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Hear from the creative team: Azan, Esme & Jonny about what STATUES is, how it came to be, what to expect & what they got up to in the research & development funded by Barbican Open Labs

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Writer Performer

Azan Ahmed

Azan is an actor and poet whose work explores diaspora and British-Muslim masculinity. A finalist of the 2020 Roundhouse Poetry Slam, he has been commissioned by the Lord Mayor of London, Half Moon Theatre and Apples & Snakes. Recent acting credits include Mood (BBC), Hope Street (BBC) and Name, Place, Animal, Thing (Almeida Theatre). He is due to appear in Jack Absolute Flies Again at the National Theatre next year.

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