Adam - inspiring life story of Egyptian refugee at heart of major new drama

Adam image by Andy  Bell
Adam image by Andy Bell

The personal story of an Egyptian refugee in Scotland is the subject of a major new production from the National Theatre of Scotland.

Based on his own life story and performed by Adam Kashmiry himself, Adam is the remarkable story of a young trans man and his journey from Egypt to Scotland. It charts Adam's fight across borders and genders to find a place to call home. 

Image by Andy Bell

Forced to flee his home in Egypt, where falling in love with the wrong person can be a death sentence, Adam found himself in a tiny room in Glasgow on the edge of despair. What follows is his story of finding and creating a place to thrive and be himself.

Pauline Diamond Salim, media manager at Scottish Refugee Council said:

“We had the privilege of getting to know Adam in 2013 when he took part in one of our arts projects to help refugees and local Scottish people get to know each other. To see him now, just four years later, perform on the stage of the National Theatre of Scotland is an amazing testament to his talent and resilience and to the power of the arts to make a difference to people’s lives.

“Like many of the people we work with and many of the people in Scotland because they’ve been persecuted for their sexuality or gender identity, Adam said he felt very isolated and lost in his early days in Glasgow. I’m sure his story will resonate with many people who find themselves excluded from mainstream society and struggling to find a safe place in the world.”

 Adam is directed by award-winning theatre director Cora Bissett (co-creator of Glasgow Girls, Rites and Roadkill and director of Room) with music composed by Jocelyn Pook (Stage Works British Composer Award winner in 2012 for her soundtrack to DESH) and written by playwright and dramaturg Frances Poet

Image by Andy Bell

Alongside Adam, over 100 trans individuals from across the world will come together to form The Adam World Choir, a unique international digital community.  The world’s first collaboration of its kind, the choir will bring voices from Jordan, Uganda, Nigeria, Russia, Pakistan, the USA and Australia to perform as part of the theatre production.

Adam will debut at the Traverse Festival at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 05 to 27 August 2017, followed by the Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling on 5 and 6 September 2017 and at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow from 13 to 16 September 2017.

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