Young people from Bradford get to grips with the art of storytelling
A park in Bradford is to be turned into a theatre of drama and art this weekend.
Sounds like Graffiti is the name of the play, which is aimed at helping young people from Bradford's most deprived communities express themselves through creative writing, audio production, and audiovisual forms.
The 25 minute play encourages young people to follow the developments through their mobile phones.
"Our play has unearthed some amazing local talent", says director Shabina Aslam.
"It really helps to deliver a powerful message about adversities faced by Bradford's young people, of all races, everyday.
"Lister Park will become an art gallery, but one where the art is invisible and maps out how young people feel about living in the city"
Sounds like Graffiti follows the story of one girl sent out to find her wayward brother. On her quest she goes through Lister Park and gets lost. This journey takes her through a series of fantastical adventures based on the story of Odysseus in Greek mythology.
The play also being broadcast online and on local community radio aims to celebrate a new generation of young artists in Bradford.
Shabina says she hopes through storytelling it will help to shatter many negative stereotypes heaped on Bradford's young people.
She explains how the idea came about.
She says: "A couple of years ago whilst walking around an exhibition about melancholy in a Berlin gallery, I borrowed an audio guide, something I never do at home. It occurred to me then, I'd love to walk around a housing estate and hear stories about the people who lived there. The art would be the lives of the people living behind those walls.
We started working on Sounds Like Graffiti Bradford in February 2010. We've worked with numerous groups in the area, for example with the young women at Belle Vue Girls' and the charity Mind the Gap.
The plays will be heard through mobile phones and the internet
"Our Easter Week at Mind the Gap helped us find a story to link up the bits of drama and rap and poetry we'd collected in workshops.
"The final radio play is a magical and spooky tour of Lister Park as a microcosm of Bradford. Farrah's brother is lost in the Park, captured by bad spirits who've led him astray. Farrah meets lions, ogres and a water nymph as she tries to set him free and take him home. The play was recorded in Lister Park and in my mum's house, who also kindly agreed to appear as Farrah's mother."
Sounds like Graffiti starts on Saturday 10th July and Sunday 11th July. Audiences can walk around Lister Park and listen to the thirteen short episodes of the play on their mobile phones.
Shabina adds she's very excited to be a part of the project.
She says: " It turns the park into an art gallery where the art is invisible and yet gives you an insight into the lives of young people in Bradford."