My Place – Photograph 2

Series nameTheatre

This photograph is taken from a scene from Sampad’s 2001 drama-project performance, ‘My Place’. The two-week project enabled Pakistani and Bangladeshi youths aged between 14 and 25 years old to explored the theme of “choice” in contemporary British Asian life. The workshops were led by drama teachers and a film specialist. The scene in this image portrays a young boy who is undergoing a conflict with his religion and his sexual desire for a beautiful singer. The black and white photograph depicts the young boy kneeling on a rug with a poster of the singer on the wall behind him.

Date of Creation / Publication2001
Associated Person/ OrganisationRay, Piali; Sampad
Collection and Reference NumberSampad Collection (GB 2661 SA)
Catalogue NumberSA/THE/8
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or the associated
Access to originalsThe originals belong to Sampad
Series notesTheatre is a relatively new area of activity for Sampad, although drama sessions have always played a key role within educational projects and programming. Sampad is currently adopting a new theatre strategy to encourage young British Asians to become more involved in theatre as participants, audiences, practitioners, administrators and producers. To date, Sampad has been commissioned a number of theatre productions, and has also held a conference on South Asian Identity in 1997, which included drama presentations.
Collection notesSampad was founded in 1990, under the directorship of Piali Ray OBE. The arts organisation was established to strengthen the infrastructure of South Asian arts in the West Midlands and Birmingham region. Due to Director Piali Ray's background as a dancer, this south Asian arts development agency has retained its strengths in dance, however its current remit is much wider, covering cross art forms of music, theatre, crafts and literature within education and community environments.