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Tribe Talks – Pilot


Produced, Directed & Hosted by:
Tajpal Rathore

Conceived by:
Samran Rathore, Leah Francis

Written by:
Samran Rathore, Leah Francis, Sid Akbar Ali

Angus McLeod

Tribe launched with the pilot of Tribe Talks (then, an R&D format to generate ideas for a potential stage show about the Empire!) How creativity works.

Tribe Talks is a radical new format of participatory theatre, where a panel of esteemed speakers motivate the audience to talk, chat, discuss, debate, consider and fathom the topics of discussion – think the BBC’s ‘Question Time’, but interspersed with live performance, music and film. The event was based around 4 themes of interest;

  • The effects of Empire and Colonialism
  • Riots, Struggle and Upheaval
  • Civil Rights and Revolution
  • New Culture

Programmed as part of the Bradford Literature Festival, we engaged, entertained and provided a bespoke 3-course meal for all attendees!

The event set off a chain reaction of creativity. So many audience members approached us to know when it was happening again and how they might get involved – of course, it wasn’t – we had only planned to do Tribe Talks once, to help us generate ideas for a show about Empire! – but it didn’t go unnoticed to us just how voracious the appetite for these conversations was. People were hungry to talk about their lives and experiences, without hindrance, and know the fuller contexts around their culture and history.

Tribe Talks served as a conduit for social consciousness and healing, and little did we know that the topics of Tribe Talks would become the zeitgeist in the coming years, what with the rise of BLM and the murder of George Floyd. And so, we carried on.