A Song For Ella Grey


I’m working on an adaptation of David Almond’s novel ‘A Song for Ella Grey’, composing and performing new music with young people from across the north east. Directed by the brilliant Lorne Campbell, a production for Northern Stage.

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We are all citizens of the world. We all belong. My home is your home. Your home is mine too.


Working with Bradford Scratch Orchestra and singers
Come join in, compose music as a new orchestra to perform.

Two performances in May confirmed

email mariam@rezaei.co.uk for more details


CITIZEN **** review


WE did it gals!

Thank you Imogen Rowe!

Venue: Traverse Theatre
Company: plan B
Production: Chrissie Ardill (Choreographer) Mariam Rezaei (Composer) Karen Tennent (Designer) Simon Wilkinson (Lighting Designer) Ritchie Young (Sound Design) G McDermott (Lighting Technician) Niall Black (Production Manager) Mike Griffiths (Producer)
Performers: Katie Armstrong, Robyn Byrne, Ailish Maher, Kirsty Pollock, Mariam Rezaei
Running time: 60mins
Whether you know what it is to move from what you call home into the big, strange, wide world, or whether you have lived in one place all your life, plan B’s acute rumination on what it means to start a new life in a new place is deeply thought-provoking.

For two nights, Citizen will call Traverse 1 its home as the performance contemplates what that means, and how we deal with the process of becoming one with the place we live.

All over the world people migrate, emigrate and choose to settle in a place not their native home – but how long is it until the notion of home shifts and we accept that we are not merely citizens of our new chosen location? How long does it take for us to find a home in a place that isn’t where it used to be?

The majority of this uncannily perceptive performance is dance and physical theatre, beautifully choreographed by Chrissie Ardill, returning to plan B as guest choreographer after having performed with the company.

The dance is interspersed with spoken word; letters home to Mum, feelingly spoken and shared between the performers, each tackling a different aspect of navigating their new homes. The words may be euphemistic, but the movement is brutally honest and shows the uncomfortable, unglamorous difficulties of building a life in a new place.

It is refreshing to see and hear an unashamed contemplation of something that, although on the surface may be exciting and glamorous, in reality is also trying and frightening. The progression of the piece poses deep questions and exposes raw emotions, often questioning whether ‘foreigners’ will be accepted despite their best efforts to fit in. It is poignant in these times of endangered liberty.

The piece is underscored by live music from Mariam Rezaei which adds to the hauntingly beautiful, lonely quality it has. The ensemble work is second to none and the movement is exquisite. This is a skilfully crafted work that explores intention, aspiration, identity and belonging, and discovers the gaps in between.


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Citizen has been choreographed by the very talented Chrissie Ardill, with designs by long-time plan B collaborator Karen Tennent and new music being composed by Mariam Rezaei.

The new production is an exploration of global migration and what happens when we arrive in new destinations. People leave places, sometimes by choice, sometimes because they have to. Where do they go and how do they fit in? What are the barriers and who put them there? What happens when cultures collide? Does anybody listen? Is it easier to hide away?

Citizen will be a darkly humorous look at how we bring our identity with us wherever we go. It will be touring in March and April 2017. If you would like further information, or would like to book the show for your venue please contact:

Nick Fearne – nick.fearne@planbcreative.org
Mike Griffiths – mike@brunstaneproductions.co.uk

March 2017 Tour

17 & 18 Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh 01312 228 1404 www.traverse.co.uk

21 Paisley Arts Centre 0300 300 1210 www.renfrewshireleisure.com/arts

23 SEALL at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Skye 01471 844207 www.seall.co.uk

28 Theatre Royal, Dumfries 01387 253383 www.theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk

30 FTH Falkirk 01324 506850 www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/venues/fth/

1 April Ardross Community Hall 01349 880591 www.ardrosscommunityhall.ticketsource.co.uk


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A young woman and her father deal with the choices they made and events beyond their control.

After her parents split up, Darya chose to move to Iran with her mother.
She grows up in a war zone: surviving air raids; caring for her mother; and falling in love for the first time. The legacy of war means that as she becomes an adult she is living through trauma.
She meets her father, for the first time in ten years, in the transit lounge of Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam.
She is a dual-national, trapped between two cultures. He is a professor of music, blinded by privilege, with a narrow view of the political landscape. As they reach out to one another, their past choices impact their reconciliation.

A multimedia, two-handed drama, using specially composed music and commissioned projection to tell the story of a father and daughter against the back drop of an act of terror and war.

Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh – Creator & Director
Nazli has since 2004 directed all ZENDEH’s productions and laboratories nationally, regionally and internationally. She has taken the work of the company to the Traverse Theatre, Theatre Workshop Edinburgh, Dance Base, Scotland’s Theatre Gateway, Tron Theatre, Citizens Theatre, Beacon, Berwick Maltings, Gateshead Central Library, Northern Stage, Dance City, Arts Centre Washington, Queen’s Hall, The Lowry, STUN Studio Z-Arts, Young Vic, Arcola Theatre, Chapter Theatre, and The City Theatre of Tehran. She was awarded an Amnesty International Commendation Award for her production of Waiting Room by Isabel Wright at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Steven Gaythorpe – Playwright
Steven worked as copywriter for over twelve years, and has extensive experience of new media and Internet marketing, as well as TV, radio and print advertising. Since 2008 he has been pursuing a career as a theatre maker in the North East.

TOUR 2017
27 – 28 January 2017
Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 7RH

7 – 8 February 2017
The Byre, Abbey St, St Andrews KY16 9LA

26 February 2017
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

28 February 2017
Octagon Bolton, Howell Croft S, Bolton BL1 1SB

2 March 2017
Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Ln, Washington NE38 8AB

9 – 11 March
Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB

14 – 15 March
Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh EH1 2ED

17 March
The Witham, 3 Horse Market, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8LY


‘a beautifully lyrical piece … too resonant with today and the nameless, anonymous numbers of murdered individuals that are glimpsed every night on the news.’ Disability Arts Online on Cinema
‘An ingenious piece of multimedia theatre…’ ★ ★ ★ ★ Three Weeks on Cinema
‘powerful poetic fable’ ★ ★ ★ ★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine on Cinema



In the New Year, NO BORDERS, work for inclusive community choir working with BRADFORD SCRATCH ORCHESTRA
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Performance date to be fixed February/March 2017.


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