Sam is a Freelance Dramatherapist (HCPC Registered), Theatre Practice Consultant & Storyteller, based in London. She currently works as an Artist and Therapist in the charity sector with women at risk of the Criminal Justice System and who have experienced mental ill health. Sam also works as part of Haringey’s Council & St Mungo’s Homeless Charity Drug Rehabilitation Programme, and at a Primary School for Children with Social and Emotional Needs. As a Visiting Lecturer, she teaches trainee Dramatherapists at Roehampton University, and Applied Theatre Students at Central School of Speech & Drama. Sam is currently developing a one-woman show that premiers at the Annual Dramatherapy Conference in September. This theatrical and responsive conversation with the audience in the moment seeks to share something of how the colour black has come to symbolise ongoing inner dialogues about her Black British identity. ‘Being With Black’ will tour to community and mental health venues, as well as theatres, in 2019. Sam is an Executive Member of the British Association of Dramatherapists, and a Community School Govenor. She is delighted to be an Associate Artist with Khayaal Theatre Company with whom she has a rich and long relationship dating back to (The Globe, Cockpit and Library theatres).
Alia is a Lebanese-Syrian storyteller, actor and artist-educator. She is particularly interested in stories from the Arab and Muslim traditions that seek to answer our most urgent existential questions through wisdom, humour and unexpected twists. She performs for, and runs workshops with, audiences of all ages seeking to create an atmosphere of enquiry around global issues and how to live better together in a sustainable world. Alia is among the core teaching staff at the British Museum. Alia has worked with Khayaal as a performance storyteller and theatre-in-education specialist since first arriving in the UK 10 years ago. This has included delivering work at Shakespeare’s Globe and The British Museum and for multi-sector clients across the UK.
Thomas has created music and sound for Khayaal since our groundbreaking first production, Conference Of The Birds, in 1998. A multi-instrumentalist and audio producer with a theatrical, classical and rock background, he endeavours to enhance and support the myriad atmospheres, emotions and diverse performance situations required of a Khayaal production. Whilst schooled in western music he is deeply drawn to the folk, sacred and classical music traditions of cultures throughout the world, and works to add their rich heritage to the sound world of Khayaal. Thomas has also composed for luminary directors David Pountney and Laurie Sansom, several Unicorn Theatre productions and Streetwise Opera’s acclaimed ‘Time Flows’ directed by William Relton, and has created soundtracks for numerous short films and dance pieces. His extensive workshop leading and outreach experience includes the Royal Albert Hall, Streetwise Opera and Live Music Now, and he is a creative collaborator with Freewheelers Theatre Company for disabled adults. As a guitarist and singer, Thomas has toured in many countries, performed with the BBC Concert, Rambert and Ulster orchestras, worked in various bands and as a studio musician for film, TV and sessions. He is currently focussing his songwriting and production skills on a new project, Weeping Atlas. Thomas has a deep interest in and respect for Islamic, Sufi and other esoteric spiritual and mystical traditions and is dedicated to helping illuminate their wisdom and beauty through the arts.
Adil Mohammed Javed
Adil obtained a Performing Arts BA Hons prior to pursuing a career as a professional actor, scriptwriter, researcher and workshop facilitator. He has featured in films such as Bradford Riots (Neil Biswas 2006) as well as BAFTA award winning films Britz (Peter Kosminsky 2007) and Four Lions (Chris Morris 2010). From 2008-2011, Adil performed the lead role of Asif in four national tours of ‘Hearts and Minds’ and a DVD adaptation for the award-winning Khayaal Theatre Company. The critically acclaimed play follows a young Muslim’s struggle with identity and his relationship with his faith, culture and wider society. Adil continues to serve as an Artistic Associate of Khayaal. During his travels around Europe and his own ‘journey of transformation’ Adil began to think about the role creative arts could play in the empowerment of young people and the essential life skills that are developed through this medium, which ultimately inspired the birth of Alchemy Arts. Alchemy Arts is a Media & Arts Social Enterprise based in Manchester, that Adil founded in 2012. It uses innovation and imagination as an instrument for social change. Alchemy supports people with special educational needs, mental health, dementia and addiction. Alchemy was set up to work predominately but not exclusively with young people at the grass roots level using drama as a tool to explore and tackle issues that affect them in today's society and exploring how to make positive transformational change.
Jumana Moon is a storyteller with a great love of stories of all kinds, they are, she says, ‘her favourite things’. Jumana has a particular passion for stories from her Islamic faith, stories from both sacred text and the rich tradition of folklore & wisdom tales. Jumana enjoys working in collaboration with other storytellers, musicians & poets and has created her own storytelling pieces as well as working on larger group projects. She tells in schools, universities and at a wide range of cultural and community events across the UK and beyond. Jumana co-founded and co-runs Stowtellers, a monthly storytelling club in northeast London. She also works as a school based child psychotherapist, using play & mixed arts media. She believes that story and creativity are essential for our lives & communities, for both children and adults.
Mo Sesay trained as a professional actor at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. In his career, Mo has played leading roles in theatre at the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe, in t.v.; ‘Soldier, Soldier’, ‘Holly City’ and ‘Eastenders’ and in film; ‘Bhaji on The Beach’ and ‘It’s A Wonderful Afterlife’, directed by ‘Bend it Like Beckham’s’ Gurinder Chadha, to name a few. Mo is also a freelance director and writer for theatre and film and has several projects in development. He is a founding member of Khayaal, played the lead role of the Hoopoe in its debut, Conference of the Birds, and has written, directed and performed for the company over many years.
Over the last 13 years as a teacher and trainer, Carl has utilised storytelling in communication. He desires to make stories come alive to such a degree that they open up and reveal deeper truths. Regularly using his experience in communication within the charitable sector. Carl utilises creative forms of communication including storytelling and theatre, in order to help people develop confidence in telling their own stories. He seeks to help narrative art forms flourish in all kinds of arenas and to encourage new dialogues to emerge across different cultures and faiths. Carl has been an Artistic Associate of Khayaal since 2015. He performs the story of the meeting between St Francis of Assisi and Sultan Al-Kamil of Egypt against the backdrop of the crusades as part of our Christian-Muslim Storytelling production.