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Bricks
by 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.

Jay voiced by Curtis-Lee Ashqar

Curtis-Lee is based in Belfast and is a graduate of the Three Year Bachelor in Acting (Hons) from The Lir Academy.

He has just completed filming on feature Ballywalter directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah opposite Patrick Kielty and is currently working on Gilgamesh with theatre company Macnas, playing the title role.

He recently appeared in the role of Jo in Peat by Kate Heffernan and directed by Tim Crouch at The Ark, Dublin.

Screen Credits include roles in Game of Thrones (Season 5) for HBO, Into the Badlands for AMC, Torvill & Dean for ITV and the lead role of Ahmet in Murat Asker’s short film The Gift.

The Lir credits include roles in The Skriker directed by Tom Creed, Children of the Sun directed by Lynne Parker, Three Winters directed by David Horan, The Garden devised with Mikel Murfi, Portia Coughlan directed by Annabelle Comyn, Iphigenia at Aulis directed by Wayne Jordan and the short film Happyish directed by Juanita Wilson.

Maureen voiced by Maria Connolly

Maria Connolly is an award winning actress and writer, with a career spanning now over 30 years. She trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London 1991-1994, where she received The Kenneth Branagh Renaissance Award. She was awarded an Irish Times Best Actress nomination for her performance in Problem Child for Prime Cut Productions. Maria was recently awarded the Aisling Award for Arts and Culture for creating and performing the show The Broads which she has taken so far to over 2,000 people living in isolation. Maria was also awarded a National Lottery Portrait of the People for her work in continuing to bring the arts to communities devastatingly effected during lockdown. Maria performed internationally the solo show Two Sore Legs by Brenda Murphy for Green Shoot Productions. She performed Two Sore Legs in New York at the Cuala Festival and was chosen to perform in Brussels by The Arts Council representing NI’s best of the arts in the EU. She performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 where she was Lorna Diamond’s (The Scotsman) pick of the festival. Maria’s new play Conversations With Angels produced by Brassneck Theatre Company will have its premiere in 2021. Maria has recently completed filming series 6 of BBC’s Line of Duty (World Productions) in which she plays recurring character Alison Merchant.

Darren voiced by Terence Keely

Stage Credits include: The Ferryman (West End and Broadway); Gibraltar Straight (Brassneck Theatre); 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (MAC, Belfast); Macbeth (The Globe); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Young Vic); This Is My Family (Sheffield Crucible).

Television Credits include: Derry Girls (Ch4 / Netflix); The Frankenstein Chronicles (ITV); Titanic: Blood & Steel (ITV).

Film Credits include: Ballywalter (Empire Street Films); Here Before (BBC Films); The Music Room (BBC Films), 71 (Film4).

Ambura voiced by Rwanda Shaw

Rwanda is a 25 year old singer from Northern Ireland who is interested in fashion, beauty and modelling. Rwanda’s goal is to work with amazing makeup and clothing brands and be able to represent or model for them, she also would like to feature on TV shows, music videos and film as an extra but is very keen to play main parts as she has a love for acting and performing too.

Singing: She began her journey into singing in primary school, teaching herself to sing by closely studying her favourite musicians, she then progressed to joining the choir at age 8 and taking part in Young Voices (the world’s largest school choir concert). Rwanda then took singing lessons in Lisburn School of Music and also recieved lessons from Shauna Tohill and Dana Masters.

Competitions: Rwanda has taken part in many competitions including, City Beat Young Star Search (2009/2010), Stars In Their Eyes (school competitions), Blastaoke (2014) and XFactor (2017). Taking part in the Blastaoke competition with Blast FM resulted in Rwanda singing to a large audience for the LGTBQ parade in Union Street. Rwanda was also featured on The XFactor where she received 4 yeses from the celebrity judges and proceeded to bootcamp.

Acting: The Tempest, dedicated to Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary held in T13 in 2016.

Gigging and Performing: Rwanda plays in a two piece in pubs and clubs around Belfast and further afield as well as weddings and events held by the council and ACSONI. She was also 1/3 of local girlband Second Nature whose debut single Got To Miss Me was a hit with Cool FM. She also performs with local company REAL Princesses NI. Currently Rwanda and a former member of Second Nature are together as a two piece called Chapter2 working on new music.

Recording: Rwanda has most recently been working with Dance Music DJs/Producers from Belfast and London featuring on their tracks. Most recent release was with Menrva (a duo from Northern Ireland) who remixed Beyoncé‘s hit Baby Boy – the demo of which was heard and approved by Beyoncé and her team which then went on to get signed with Sony. The final track was performed by MaKenzie Thomas who appeared on season 15 of The Voice with Rwanda on backing vocals and ad libs. This song has been played on local radio stations as well as BBC Radio 1 and passed 500k listens on Apple Music. Their Spotify has currently reached 2.9 million streams. Rwanda is also working on new RnB and Dance releases.

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