BandBazi (Farsi:Trapeze) is an award winning, multicultural and inclusive performing arts company and charity that uses circus and theatre skills to give a voice to marginalised groups through professional productions and education programmes. It was founded in 2001 by actress and aerialist, Philippa Vafadari in Brighton, East Sussex.
Since 2001 the company has enabled over 15,000 people to access and participate in the arts. BandBazi tours its professional productions throughout the South East as well as regularly taking them to Scotland and Germany. The company also runs an inclusive youth circus theatre for young people aged 11-25 years, with a focus on young refugees and asylum seekers, and provides workshops for community and school groups in trapeze, circus skills, drama, film and creative writing.
BandBazi produces work on its own or in co-production with other theatre companies. The touring schedule is complemented by an educational outreach programme. The workshops are targeted at a cross-section of the community and provide the participants with a means of self-expression through creative writing, circus, physical skills and improvisation. This forms the backbone of the company’s desire to bring theatre to groups who might not otherwise realise the relevance it can have to their lives.
The company's mission is to give a voice to disenfranchised groups and challenge stereotypes. To achieve this it uses circus, performance skills and dialogue to create new, original and accessible work; addressing issues such as mental health, cultural identity, gender or social relationships.
BandBazi is a registered charity: No. 1091276
BandBazi is proud to be a member of ART:sync - the South East hub of the Sustained Theatre initiative. A movement working to create a new inclusive landscape for British Culture to flourish regionally, nationally and internationally.
Philippa Vafadari - Creative Director: Social activist and entrepreneur, Philippa is the Creative Director and founder of BandBazi.Philippa trained at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and The Circus Space, London. She has worked extensively as both an actress, aerialist and choreographer. Her aim is for BandBazi to find a voice for untold stories. Philippa is the UK pioneer of aerial drama; she created the roles of Regan, Seven Lears and Goodgirl, Golgo for Howard Barker's The Wrestling School at the Royal Court Theatre, London. Philippa was one of an elite group of performers at Danny Boyle’s Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games
John Binnie - Associate director: Binnie believes theatre is useless if it doesn't portray a message. An award-winning Scottish playwright and director of Glasgow's Clyde Unity Theatre John Binnie has won three Edinburgh Fringe Firsts and an Independent theatre award. He has toured productions in the United States, Namibia, Nigeria, Singapore and Germany. He is currently developing a new musical Heart Songs and has directed Des Dillon's rumbustious comedy Six Black Candles.
Megan Bay Dorman (Vice Chair)
Richard Edes (Treasurer)
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