Company number: 03256616 |
Charity number: 1058723
An innovative solo multimedia theatre piece inspired by real life experiences of funny, surreal and more intimidating racism. Using experiments with stand up, storytelling, singing and live sound art Roshi Nasehi explores the way language can unify and divide.
in 2017 the phrase “Ramalama Ding Dong” was repeatedly sneered at Roshi by a stranger on a train after he briefly heard her speak Farsi to her family. She posted about it on Facebook. To her surprise friends urged reporting it as a hate crime. Essex police confirmed that it was, part of a general rise in racist hate crime since 2016. The officer handling her case proposed she keep sharing her experience in person and online.
She started to recount the story, exploring ways of delivery that combine experiments with stand-up and sound art: using vocal processing technologies to create repetitious effects to the point of absurdity, aiming for provocation without becoming preachy. She performed this material at open mics and at a Performing Welsh Identities seminar at Cardiff University. She added further accounts of real-life racism, realising that while racism is no laughing matter it can be risible, surreal and even darkly funny.
Her biggest audience test was a longer work in progress at Camden People’s Theatre’s Shape Of Things To Come Festival in November 2018. Nothing could have prepared her for the positive response: comparisons to Stewart Lee, Meredith Monk, Hannah Gadsby and overwhelming feedback encouraging her to develop the idea to its fullest with comments like…
“Excellent, innovative, fresh - might sound corny but I loved it. It's taught me things as well as making me laugh and cry at the same time.”
“The work in progress already had the quality of a big audience show which could be taken to large crowds. It had a good programme and story which was funny, but equally thought provoking.”
Tweets included… an extraordinary combination of stand up, poetic electronic music exploration & poignant autobiography. Formally fresh & disarmingly personal, it interrogates how language & its usage can alienate & transcend - theatre director Tim Trimingham Lee
With support from an ACE Project's Grant, a Covid 19 bursary from Sound & Music, rehearsal space from CPT and NewDiorama Theatre plus a wonderful creative team: Music Consultant Mariam Rezaei (TOPH) script editors David Stubbs (Bill Bailey, Alan Davies) and Kerry Andrew (Skin) visuals and lighting design Al Orange (Imove) and director Peyvand Sadeghian (Dual)
Roshi is now ready to present Ramalama Ding Dong in all its colours.
"CPT is the first place we turn to when we have a new idea, knowing that experimentation and new ideas are always supported."