MEET THE ASSOCIATES

Raisah Ahmed

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Raisah is a Scottish Asian Muslim Writer/Director, currently working across TV and film. She has been shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab twice - in 2015 with Meet Me By The Water and in 2018 with Safar. She is in development with WW1 feature Half-Moon Camp for Film 4. Her writing credits include CBeebies shows Feeling BetterMolly and Mack, and Control, a BBC The Social phone drama, and Aden’s Journey, a short drama about a refugee unaccompanied minor. Alumni of the EIFF Talent Lab 2014, Raisah had her first commissioned short, Meet Me By The Water, premiere at EIFF 2016, and she directed one of BBC 3’s The Break III and two of CBBC’s ’Sparks’ episodes.

ADAM BUKSH

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Adam Buksh graduated in 2009 from the University of the West of Scotland, and has been working professionally ever since on a wide range of projects including theatre and comedy, particularly Pantomime. However, he loves to challenge himself with every production and learn new skills. He has appeared in TV and film, murder mysteries, voice over, still photography, modelling and motion capture. This is the second time Adam is working on One Mississippi and he is looking forward to bringing the show to new audiences around Scotland.

Raghad Chaar

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Raghad Chaar was born in Aleppo, Syria before moving to Edinburgh when she was 2 years old. In 2011 Chaar gained a place at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she trained in BA Acting and graduated in 2014. Since graduating she has appeared on stage, on TV screen and in films. Most recently she can be seen in Billie Piper's I Hate Suzie (2020) on Sky Atlantic. In 2020 Adnan - a short film in which Raghad plays a leading character, toured the world in the festival circuit and has 11 laurels so far. Raghad has written her first short film 'Ore' and is planning towards her directing debut in 2021.

Nick Danan

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Nick was born and raised in Belfast and his extensive theatre credits include Quietly & The Turn of the Screw (Omnibus Theatre, London), Antony & Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (RSC), The Titanic Boys (Grand Opera House, Belfast), The Quare Fellow (Tricycle Theatre, London & UK Tour), The Shadow of a Gunman (Tricycle Theatre), This Lime Tree Bower (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Gym & Tonic (Hull Truck) and Juno & The Paycock (Leicester Haymarket). His Television credits include WPC56, Henry V and Safe. Nick is also Artistic Director of Strange Fish Theatre Company which brings great Irish plays to this side of the Irish Sea.

Lewis den Hertog

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Lewis den Hertog is an audio-visual designer, artist and composer based in Glasgow. He has worked on numerous productions over the past ten years for a broad range of UK theatre companies. Recent productions include: We Are In Time, directed by Stewart Laing in collaboration with the Scottish String Ensemble in 2020, and The Panopticon, adapted by Jenni Fagan from her award winning novel and directed by Debbie Hannan for the National Theatre of Scotland in 2019. Lewis is a member of theatre company groupwork, and co-created their Fringe First Award-winning debut The Afflicted in 2019.

Maryam Hamidi

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Maryam is writer/director of Short Circuit/BFI Network funded supernatural drama Bahar (15’, 2021 Moquette films) currently in post production and Scottish Film Talent Network funded Bloody Love (7’, 2017 Clan Productions). Her play script Moonset is currently in development with the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.

Maryam is a mentee on the 2021 Channel 4 Screenwriting programme and was selected for the inaugural BBC Scottish Drama Writers Programme 2021. She has drama and comedy-drama projects in development with World Productions, Two Rivers Media and Channel X Hopscotch and she’s recipient of Fire Exit experimental playwriting award and the Playwright’s Studio Scotland New Playwright’s Award.

Shilpa T-Hyland

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Shilpa graduated from the MA in Classical and Contemporary text at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland in 2017. She has a first-class degree in Theatre Studies and English Literature from Glasgow University and the University of California, Davis.

Recent work includes: Directing We’ll Meet in Moscow (Traverse Theatre), Roxana (Paisley Book Festival/Renfrewshire leisure), and How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found (Royal Conservatoire Scotland), Associate Directing Still (Traverse Theatre), and Pride and Prejudice (Sort Of) (Blood of the Young, The Lyceum Theatre & others), and assistant directing Crocodile Fever (Traverse Theatre, JMK regional bursary, funded by the Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarships Fund). She was the inaugural winner of the Horsecross Trust Young Director Award, for which she directed a production of Miss Julie in February 2019.

MARK JEARY

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Mark Jeary is a theatre maker working as an actor, playwright, director and producer. Mark grew up in a working-class family in London and trained as an actor at City Lit. Personal experience of addiction and trauma has influenced his practice – initially with the set-up of New Room Theatre. New Room was established to bring stories that are rarely heard to the stage. Mark then studied Classical and Contemporary Text (masters) at RCS and wrote his first play, Blackout, in 2013. A part autobiographical verbatim play about alcoholism and recovery – Blackout sold out on its first three shows in Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as in London, at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, and as part of the Made In Scotland showcase in 2018. Blackout was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award. Since then Mark wrote his second play X and Y, and is currently working on new ideas around performance and neurodiversity since his own ADHD diagnosis last year. Mark works regularly with playwright Mariem Omari – as an actor, workshop facilitator and director, and was part of the original One Mississippi cast in 2017.

SCOTT KYLE

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Scott is best known for his role as ‘Ross’ in the hit US television series Outlander. He has a string of successful stage, film and television credits to his name including a starring role on the big screen as ‘Clancy’ in Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share. This led to a role portraying real life soldier ‘Corporal Stu Pearson’ in BAFTA nominated Kajaki/Kilo Two Bravo.

In 2010 Scott won The Stage Best Actor for his portrayal of ‘Billy’ in Singin’ I’m No a Billy, He’s a Tim.

Hannah Lavery

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Hannah is a poet, playwright, performer and director. In 2020, she was awarded a New Playwrights' Award by the Playwrights Studio Scotland and selected by Owen Sheers’ as one of his Ten Writers Asking Questions That Will Shape Our Future for the International Literature Showcase, a project from the National Writing Centre and the British Council. She was also selected as one of the Scottish Voices for the BBC Writers’ Room. Her poetry has been published widely and her poem, Scotland, you’re no mine, was selected by Roseanne Watt as one of the Best Scottish Poems 2019.

Hannah is an experienced workshop facilitator and mentor and received the Creative Edinburgh Leadership Award in 2020, for her work with the Writers of Colour Writing Group and for curating and directing a film poetry series, Sorry, I Was On Mute, for Fringe of Colour.

CALLUM MADGE

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Callum Madge trained in Arts Journalism, initially reviewing film and theatre and becoming Editor of the culture website TVBomb (now The Wee Review). In 2013 he started working in the theatre industry for Lung Ha Theatre Company. He is now the Engagement Manager for Birds of Paradise Theatre Company.

As a freelancer he has worked as a Project Manager for: National Theatre of Scotland; Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; Lyceum Theatre; and Traverse Theatre. In 2018 he produced Blackout by New Room Theatre, at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and in 2019 he was Engagement Producer on 8:8 by Mercimax, at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, part of the Swiss Arts Council's Edinburgh Selection. He is currently working with Bijli, producing the tour of One Mississippi as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2020.

JOHN McCORMACK

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Freelance psychotherapist, consultant and trainer, John's work with people who have experienced homelessness, abuse, and trauma led to his long-standing interest in trauma and recovery. Describing himself as perpetually ‘curious and fascinated’ his knowledge base is primarily derived from listening to the wisdom of people who have experienced extreme distress and who have used drugs and alcohol to self-manage pain.

Experience includes lecturing at university on counselling, tutor on Recovery College courses, and consultant to a wide range of agencies, in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. A firm believer in the creative arts as a pathway to recovery, John is keenly involved in writing and drama group work.

Jen McGinley

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Jen is a designer for performance from Glasgow and was awarded the Linbury Prize for Stage Design in 2015. Designs include Distance Remaining (Helen Milne Productions), Fibres (Stellar Quines & Citizens Theatre), Maim (Theatre Gu Leòr), I Can Go Anywhere (Traverse), Cinderella (Not Too Tame), If You’re Feeling Sinister (Avalon/BBC Arts/Tron Theatre); Interference (National Theatre of Scotland); Miss Julie (Perth Theatre); Under Milk Wood, A Song for Ella Grey (Northern Stage); The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other (Royal Lyceum Theatre); Fat Blokes (Scottee/The Southbank Centre); Secret Life of Humans (New Diorama); Who Cares (LUNG); The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Tortoise (National Youth Theatre) and Ring Ring (Gate Theatre).

Vicky Mohieddeen

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Vicky Inam Mohieddeen is a creative facilitator, producer and curator with 15 years experience working with communities around the world, Vicky is currently undertaking the University of Roehampton MA Dramatherapy training (graduating in 2022).

Vicky has worked in film, theatre and photography across continents and cultures in a variety of contexts: in 2016 she curated and produced North Korea’s first foreign art-photography exhibition, in 2018 was the Communities Producer (Scotland) for Danny Boyle’s armistice commemoration, Pages of the Sea, and in 2019 acted as Assistant Director for The Trojans, a powerful adaptation of The Trojan Women created by Syrian adults living in Glasgow. In March 2021 Vicky curated and produced Life in the Time, a multilingual digital exhibition which showcased the lockdown lives of over 100 Muslim and BME women in Scotland through poetry, film and visual art.

Nik Paget-Tomlinson 

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Nik Paget-Tomlinson is a musician, composer and sound designer, creating work for theatre, dance and film. He is an associate artist with Platform Theatre and a regular live accompanist at Dancebase, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance. Nik has worked with a range of theatre and dance companies including Grid Iron, National Theatre of Scotland, Curious Seed, Imaginate, Cultured Mongrel Dance Theatre, Starcatchers and TAG Citizens Theatre.

Credits include Doppler (Grid Iron Theatre Company) Niqabi Ninja (Independent Arts Projects) Hindu Times (Royal Lyceum /Pitlochry Theatre/Naked Productions), Mixed Up (Co-Commissioned and Produced by Imaginate and Starcatchers) As.Was.Could Be (Cultured Mongrel/Mara Menzies), Vent (SYT National Ensemble) Chronicles (National Theatre of Scotland/Project X/Thulani Rachia) Drift (Vision Mechanics).

Karima Setohy

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Karima is an English Egyptian Dramatherapist from London. Karima is currently involved in a range of creative mental health support projects across Scotland, as well as co-running the Young Person’s Dramatherapy Service at the Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre. Having originally trained and worked as a theatre director, Karima has witnessed how theatre can be transformative for participants and audience. Karima believes that people already have all the tools they need to heal from trauma, and that her job is to witness, validate and support people on their journey to find their true self.

MANJOT SUMAL

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Manjot began his career in community theatre, and since becoming a professional actor has appeared in numerous theatre productions. He has guested on popular Scottish sitcom Still Game (BBC Scotland) and has regular appearances in Fags, Mags and Bags (BBC Radio 4). He is best known for playing PC Surjit Singh in BBC Scotland’s Scot Squad, and is a cast member of CBBC's The Demon Headmaster.  Manjot wrote and performed in How To Make A Killing In Bollywood with Umar Ahmed, and is currently on the BBC Writersroom New Voices 2020 scheme. Manjot would like to thank Mariem and Mark for allowing him to reprise the role of "K" in One Mississippi.

Tawona Sithole

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Better known as Ganyamatope (his ancestral family name) Tawona's heritage inspires him to connect with other people through creativity-inspired learning. A poet and playwright, he is the co-founder of Seeds of Thought, non-profit arts group; Research Associate for MIDEQ Global Migration Hub and UNESCO artist-in-residence at the University of Glasgow.

Niroshini Thambar

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Niroshini is a musician, composer and sound designer collaborating with a range of companies and artists across Scotland and beyond on productions and residences. She works across live theatre, audio drama, installation, and film, and has previously been a session musician on violin and keyboards, performing on the UK live circuit and on album recordings.

Recent work includes Composer/Sound designer for the audio-poetry work The Girls that Hide and Seek (Rupinder Kaur/BBC New Creatives/RuralMedia), Composer for the documentary film in development The Album (BofA Productions) from filmmaker Sana Bilgrami, Series Composer for United Kingdoms (a BBC Radio 4 commission), and Associate Director for the outdoor audio-led production Niqabi Ninja by Sara Shaarawi (Independent Arts Projects).

Ania Urbanowska

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Ania is an award winning filmmaker who has worked on numerous short fiction and documentary films, as well as collaborated on experimental and artists projects. Ania's core focus is editing but she has also worked as a cinematographer for some of the more collaborative, experimental projects.

She formerly worked as Post-Production Coordinator at the Scottish Documentary Institute and now is a Co-Director of Media Education, a social enterprise company that uses media as a community development tool and helps people share their experiences through radio and video production, creating positive change in their lives and communities. As part of her practice she delivers editing and filmmaking workshops for people of all ages and abilities.

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