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This project worked with five writers and performers who were at the early stages of their artistic journey, and provided them with four months of mentoring from professional writers Tawona Sithole and Mariem Omari. Four of the artists developed their own performance piece which was showcased at The Glad Cafe, Glasgow in April 2023.

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They say that the person you are at eighteen defines who you are going to become...

One Mississippi 2022 Tour

A dynamic piece of Physical Verbatim Theatre, that explores how the impact of childhood experiences shape men’s adult lives. Blending humour and storytelling with powerful elements of physical theatre, this production is an uncompromising insight into what takes us to breaking point.

Here's what the press said about One Mississippi:

"One Mississippi raises profound questions about the structures of the society around men, which seem at least as strongly implicated in their distress as any personal tendencies towards mental disturbance."

Joyce McMillian (The Scotsman)

"One Mississippi is a delicate and poignant piece of verbatim theatre, specifically bringing to light mental health issues affecting men… one of the standout elements of One Mississippi is its commitment to exploring this issue from a genuinely diverse group of men."

Liam Rees (The Play’s the Thing)

"One Mississippi is a brutally honest portrayal of male isolation, self-destruction and suicide."

Beth Blakemore (The Wee Review)

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Breaking Point

Created for BBC Scotland, Breaking Point is a series of hard-hitting monologues that explore men’s mental health.

The monologues are based on the testimony of a diverse group of men from across Scotland.

Written and Directed by Mariem Omari & Stephen Barnes

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Inaugural Company in Residence

Bijli was selected to be one of two Companies in Residence at The National Theatre of Scotland in 2017-2018. We continue to work closely with NTS and are proud to be one of their inaugural companies in residence.

Companies were selected by invitation and were in residence at Rockvilla for eighteen months with bespoke support from National Theatre of Scotland to help us develop:
- New work
- Company infrastructure
- Networks and skills

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Our Work

Take a look at our past productions & projects within the community.