Tue 8 October - Sat 12 October
By Helen Monks and Matt Woodhead
‘Why should I continue to be tolerant? When the world has been so intolerant of me.’
Trojan Horse was a local story that hit the national press, accusing ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools. Adapted from the real-life testimonies of those at the heart of the UK Government’s inquiry, critically acclaimed theatre-company LUNG investigates what really happened. Originally developed with Leeds Playhouse, Amnesty International Freedom of Expression & Fringe First Award-winning production, Trojan Horse is the story of a community torn apart by racial division, ‘British values’ and the culture of Prevent.
LUNG’s previous productions include The 56, Chilcot and E15.
Cast & Bios
Cast Bios (From L-R)
MUSTAFA CHAUDHRY – Rashid
Mustafa most recently played Lewis in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s promo for Shakespeare’s King John. He attends First Act Workshops in Birmingham (the replacement group for the ITV workshop), both of which were attended by Lung’s Helen Monks. After graduating with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of York, Mustafa decided to pursue acting, thanks to getting ‘the bug’ whilst playing Biff Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. He has since attended the Street Voices playwriting course at Freedom Studios in Bradford, Tracey Street’s Foundation Acting course in Birmingham and the Old Vic Theatre Summer School. Trojan Horse will be Mustafa’s first UK tour.
QASIM MAHMOOD – Tahir
Qasim has just graduated from Rose Bruford College. Theatre includes: Imaam Imraan, Reluctant Fundamentalist, Homegrown (National Youth Theatre). Television includes: Doctors (BBC). Film includes: We can be heroes (Heroes production). Trojan Horse is Qasim’s professional stage debut.
KESHINI MISHA – Elaine
Keshini trained at Rose Bruford College as an Actor Musician. She has recently appeared as: Rapunzel at Hoxton Hall, Kim in Eastern Angles’ production of The Ladykillers of Humber Doucy Lane as well as Singing Woman in Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls at Chichester Festival Theatre. Cheshire Cat/Caterpillar/Carol Louise in Alice in Wonderland at Derby Theatre, Shahrazad in 1001 Nights for Transport Theatre, Princess Aouda in Around The World in 80 Days for NIE, Neighbour/Mum in Transport Theatre 1001 Nights UK Tour, The Monk, Cook, Arcita, Absolon and the Queen in The Canterbury Tales at Palace Theatre Watford, Sita in a UK tour of Sita’s Story for Tara Arts, Miranda in Tiny Tempest for Mini Mall Theatre, Genie in Moon and Genie for The Half Moon Theatre. Yellow Moon for The National Theatre of Scotland and Citizens Theatre Glasgow. She has also worked with Tamasha theatre company at The Unicorn, The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham, as well as working for CBeebies, MTV and Paramount Comedy.
KOMAL AMIN – Jess
Komal trained at East 15. Her theatre credits include: Trojan Horse (Lung Theatre & Leeds Playhouse), Bombay Noir (Brolly Productions & Theatre Royal Stratford), Silent Sisters (Mukul and The Ghetto Tigers), Aviatrix (Ivo Theatre & Palestinian National Theatre), No Dogs No Indians (Penned In The Margins & Alchemy Festival Southbank), Sweets and Chocolates (Kali Theatre & RADA Festival). TV Credits include Trigonometry (BBC), Man Like Mobeen (BBC), Holby City (BBC), and Blackout (Channel 4).
GURKIRAN KAUR – Farah
Gurkiran Kaur graduated from The Bridge Theatre Training Company after receiving an honorary Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London. She has since gone on to work in an array of productions including various readings and workshops for companies such as Tamasha and Kali Theatre. Her work includes theatre productions, corporate historical and drama productions, voice overs and commercials as well as independent short films. Gurkiran is proving herself to be an emerging talent on both stage and screen. Theatre Credits: Dishoom! (Rifco Arts, Watford Palace & Oldham Coliseum), Pink Sari Revolution (Leicester Curve & West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Test (Southwark Playhouse), Globe Town (Rich Mix), Tiddlywinks (Theatre 503), Still Life (National Theatre Studios & Kali Theatre), The Crossing (Tamasha Theatre Company), Vagina Monologues (NAWP at The National Theatre), Not In My Name (Fuse Theatre & Theatre Vertitae Tour), Project Runway (Rudolf Steiner), Lotus Beauty (The Gate).
Radio & Filming Credits: Ordinary Heroes Radio Drama (PGM TV & BBC Radio 4), Our Girl (Day For Night Films), Spectrum London (R Kive Productions), Rohan (Kwanon Films), Southbank Centre Goes Bollywood (Southbank Centre), Haram Chai (Colour Pictures),What If (R Kive Productions & Embeesea Media), Oxasians & Story of Ram Sahai (Talking Pictures Ltd), Paul Chowdhry’s Street Fighter Pick Up Lines (Channel Flip).
Photography credit The Other Richard
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