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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Rise Against Fanaticism Through the Arts Scriptwriting Award

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Deadline: November 1, 2020
London, UK

Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain received several posthumous awards for his bravery against violent extremism on July 1st 2016 at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka. As a 20 year old Muslim man, he had the chance to leave the café, but he chose to remain behind with his friends.

How can we honour his memory without exposing ourselves to harm and persecution? How can we begin to tackle the rise of fanaticism around us?

With the theatre production, TERROR, in November 2019, Sohaya Visions and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers have launched a new scriptwriting competition, RAFTA (Rise Against Fanaticism Through the Arts).

We invite the submission of scripts that address fanaticism, extremism, and xenophobia across the spectrum – whether it be Islamism or white nationalism.

The script must be an original piece of work that promotes tolerance and understanding in imaginative ways.

The winner will be awarded £1,000 to develop the work with Sohaya Visions and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers to performance stage. 2 runner-up scripts will be selected for a reading with professional actors in London.


Deadline for script submissions is 1st November 2020.

Send submissions to both

Sohaya Visions sohayavisions@gmail.com

and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers mukul_tiger@yahoo.com with a short covering letter about yourself.
The script should be sent to both Sohaya Vision at sohayavisions@gmail.com and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers at mukul_tiger@yahoo.com by the stated deadline. It should come with a short covering letter on yourself, why you wrote the script, and why it is suitable for RAFTA.

The script must be an original piece of work and not submitted anywhere else for development or production.

Submissions must be by those aged over 18.

The script can be in any style on any historical or regional context so long as it addresses RAFTA aims to tackle extremism, intolerance and/or xenophobia. It must be a minimum length of 25 pages.

Winners who accept the award must agree to work with the production team and commit occasional days at mutually agreed times for script development. Rehearsals will be held at a venue in London.

All submitted scripts will be held in the strictest confidence and winners notified by email. The winner will be paid in two instalments after contracted to develop the work with Sohaya Visions and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers.

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