Hafsah Aneela Bashir is an award winning Manchester-based poet, playwright & producer originally from East London. Founder and co-director of Outside The Frame Arts, she is passionate about championing voices outside the mainstream, challenging the gatekeepers of knowledge and increasing diverse representation within the arts. She is a Board Trustee for Manchester City Of Literature, is currently the Community Producer for the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race & Education Trust in Manchester Central Library and is the founder of the innovative Poetry Health Service providing free poetry panaceas as a tool for connection and healing.
Four Dholis And A Divorce
Performance / Workshops
Through five female characters from a South Asian Muslim background, Hafsah’s performance will explore what is often underrepresented and even stigmatised – divorce and intergenerational trauma. This performance will be the product of research workshops exploring the themes of marriage, divorce and mental health within the communities of Rochdale, Pendle, Bradford and Manchester. Lived experience of Muslim women shared through these workshops will help inform and develop the public performance piece.