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Yes its that dramatic, welcome to the first blog post of Tribe Arts, we are a collective of British Black and Asian artists exploring new and hidden stories through our own experiences (This may change, as we’re still figuring that out).
Tribe Arts came together in 2013 part of Black History month, where the collective were cast for new original play titled “Peacocks” a play loosely based on Othello, focussing on Indian Mughals and all set in modern day Bradford (The company are based in Bradford, and yes there are theatres in the north)
Have a watch of our youtube video which shows how we got together down below.
Ever since then, we have continued to work together through devising, experimenting and writing. What makes Tribe Arts unique is the eclectic mix of artist and the talent they bring in to the mix, we have actors, to writers, rappers, to lyricists, dancers and even a Bollywood expert. It brings together an exciting concoction of magic and energy which really fuels the creative process.
Recently Tribe Arts, won the commission at the West Yorkshire Playhouse part of the Musical Theatre Network or MTN for short. Down below is the press release which tells you more about the commission and MTN.
West Yorkshire Playhouse and Musical Theatre Network (MTN) are delighted to announce their first ever joint commission, for Bradford based company Tribe Arts.
The commission was offered as part of the Playhouse and MTN Musical Theatre Scratch Night – an evening looking for fresh ideas for work where song is an integral part of the storytelling. Tribe Arts’ contemporary blend of music, movement and story made a big impact on the night and the Playhouse and MTN were unanimous in wanting to support the development of the idea. This commission will allow Tribe Arts to workshop the piece further at West Yorkshire Playhouse, and to receive creative mentoring from poet and playwright Lemn Sissay.
James Brining, Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse, said: “We are excited to be able to support Tribe Arts as they explore new and fresh approaches to Musical Theatre. Teaming Tribe up with Lemn Sissay, who is an artist with a long association with WYP is a terrific way of linking the Playhouse’s previous work with the future.”
Caroline Routh, Executive Producer of Musical Theatre Network, adds: “We were really excited by the range of work in the scratch night, as we felt that all the artists involved were pushing the boundaries of what musical theatre could be. We were particularly impressed by Tribe Arts, whose piece had a real freshness and energy, and we are delighted to be able to support them to develop it further.”
We were all so happy and humbled to have won and it was incredible to work with Lemn Sissay who really helped us in exploring our art and helping us to focus on our process and figuring out the tiny details which would help us in making work.
Since winning the MTN we are in the process of setting up our first exciting event, titled Tribe Talks a creative and exciting symposium where we will be discussing and performing around issues of Identity, and Integration. I can’t really give to much away at this point as things may change, but keep a watch on this space for updates! I’ve really have condensed everything down in one page, Tribe Arts have now been together well over a year and we are well on our way to establish ourselves here in the heart of Bradford in good old Yorkshire.
Thanks for reading, and welcome to our journey, there’s more than enough room for everyone to climb aboard.
Tribe Arts xx