Joseph Nawaz

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Meet Jay.

Nice lad. Sixteen. Doesn’t know who his father is, but he’s fairly sure it’s none of the white men who live on his street. Or the crude, racist graffiti writers who have scrawled hatred on the wall of his Mum’s house. She doesn’t want to talk about it, unlike his friend Darren who never gives it a rest. But when the jibes and jokes cut too close to the bone, Jay turns from oppressed to oppressor to bring an end to the racism.

You’ll meet Jay, his Mum, Darren and hear about a lost dog called George in Bricks, the third 10 minute play in this eight-part series, On the Street Where We Live.

Written by Joseph Nawaz
Ambura voiced by Rwanda Shaw
Darren voiced by Terence Keely
Jay voiced by Curtis-Lee Asqhar
Maureen voiced by Maria Connolly

Disclaimer: Contains scenes of bullying and racially inflammatory language

Age guidance: 16+

You can’t come to our place, so we’ll come to yours.
On The Street Where We Live explores love, tragedy and redemption; hope, compassion and forgiveness. It’s funny and upbeat; tragic and heart-wrenching. It’s about real people leading unreal lives. It’s about the times we’re living through. It’s about the streets we’re living on.

Meet the Creative Team

Written by Joseph Nawaz

Joe Nawaz is a writer, performer and critic who lives and works in Belfast.

The former television critic with the Belfast Telegraph, Joe is a regular contributor to radio and television. He has written two live shows, Hey You! and Fake ID which premiered at Belfast Comedy Festival (2016 and 2017 respectively). He co-founded and wrote for Shotglass Theatre Co, producing new work in unorthodox settings and premiering six new shows (including Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast and Open House Festival Bangor) from 2013 - 2016. Joe wrote and performed the acclaimed one man show Fake ID which toured across Northern Ireland to sell-out audiences (2018-2019). He has contributed two scripts to ensemble productions at the MAC, Belfast - The Love Doctor (Date Show, Threes Company 2018) & Bricks (for audio play On the Street Where We Live, 2021). He also wrote, produced and presented the BBC Radio documentary Sticking Out, which was nominated for an Irish Radio Award in 2019. Joe performed a couple of nights of his most recent show Small Tales from Talktown, before the pandemic put paid to such public gatherings.

Joe is currently developing a new one man show, Five Days in Pakistan, with the support of Eastside Arts and Arts Council NI.

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