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No Direction (at) Home with NABIL ABDULRASHID

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Thursday, 18 March 2021

Time

20:00

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Zoom

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Pay What You Can Afford (£3-5 suggested); zero income tickets available

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No Direction (at) Home with NABIL ABDULRASHID

Join us for an evening of laughter hosted by the brilliant Mo Omar and featuring new comedians from the No Direction Home Collective: Meron, Krzysia Blainska, Abdul Tahhan and Nour-ani Sisserian. Plus special guest headliners Fatiha El-Ghorri and Britain’s Got Talent sensation Nabil Abdulrashid. This gig is presented in partnership with Refugee Action, TERN & Haven Coffee.

Nabil Abdulrashid reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2020 and will launch a nationwide tour later this year.
Fatiha El-Ghorri has performed at comedy clubs across the country and was recently a guest on the ITV show Jonathan Ross Comedy Club.
Mo Omar is a fast-rising comedy talent with a unique perspective & TV appearances including on Harry Hill’s Club Nite.
Krzysia Blainska is a performer, drama facilitator, activist and an aspiring stand-up comedian with experience in theatre-making, facilitation, and organising. She is the co-founder of the Polish feminist collective Dziewuchy London.
Born in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Meron began exploring her love for comedy a year ago and has been doing a few gigs online. Her background is in dancing, especially in African styles and teaching.
Nour-Ani Sisserian is an actor, director and comedian based in Armenia. She is currently facilitating theatre workshops for refugee children from Artsakh.

Nish Kumar says: “The No Direction Home comedians are a very exciting, interesting and creative bunch of people to be around. And they are very funny! The material is really good.”

The event will be hosted live on Zoom; registration is essential via Eventbrite.

This gig is “Pay What You Can Afford” to help cover costs at a suggested amount of £3-5. For those on low or zero income free tickets are available – email hello@counterpointsarts.org.uk.

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No Direction Home, created in 2018 by Counterpoints Arts as part of its PopChange initiative, together with Camden People’s Theatre and award-winning comedian Tom Parry. We run free workshops and have staged gigs across the country, and since March this year have been working entirely online. Guest headliners including Romesh Ranganathan, Nish Kumar, Sindhu Vee, Joel Dommett and Suzi Ruffell have all spent time with the group, sharing tips and advice. Nish Kumar says: “The No Direction Home comedians are a very exciting, interesting and creative bunch of people to be around. And they are very funny! The material is really good.”

Refugee Action helps people who’ve survived some of the world’s worst regimes. They get them the basic support they need to live again with dignity. Then they help them build safe, happy and productive lives in the UK.

Founded by No Direction Home performer Usman Khalid, Haven Coffee is a social enterprise with a conscience. As well as organic high-quality coffee blends, Haven promotes and supports refugee artists, running exhibitions, events and comedy nights.

TERN (The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network) is a social enterprise supporting refugee entrepreneurs in the creation and development of their businesses. They provide services throughout three stages of entrepreneurial process: business exploration, business start-up and business growth.

The refugee standup night: 'none of us can believe how successful it is'

'Let me tell you something more about my miserable life," says Usman Khalid, with a miserable face. Then he pauses, and twinkles: "That's why you're here, isn't it?" Well, why would you go to see refugees performing standup comedy? Displacement, migration, sanctuary - these are not hilarious subjects.

Watch a clip of Mo Omar performing live on Harry Hill's Club Nite, November 2019.

Performers

Abdulwahab Tahhan

Ally

Abdul is a comedian and a freelance journalist and host of the award-winning "Integrate That!" podcast about refugees by refugees. He is a member of the No Direction Home comedy collective.

Krzysia Balinska

Ally

Krzysia is a performer, drama facilitator, activist and an aspiring stand-up comedian with experience in theatre-making, facilitation, and organising. Krzysia joined No Direction Home at Counterpoints Arts in 2019 and is super excited to keep discovering the art of stand-up comedy.

Meron

Ally

Born in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Meron began exploring her love for comedy with No Direction Home and has already done several gigs online. Her background is in dancing, especially in African styles and teaching.

Mo Omar

Ally

Somali-born, Cardiff-raised and London-based, Mo Omar is a fast-rising stand-up comedian with a unique perspective on culture, faith and love. Recently making his TV debut on Harry Hills Clubnite on Channel 4, Mo was a finalist in the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award and won the Leicester Square New Comedian Of The Year competition in 2017.

Nabil Abdulrashid

Ally

Nabil Abdulrashid is an English comedian of Nigerian descent. In 2010, at the age of 22, he became the youngest black comedian to perform stand-up at the Hammersmith Apollo. Nabil reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2020 and will launch a nationwide tour later this year.

Nour-Ani Sisserian

Ally

Nour-Ani Sisserian is an actor and theatre director based in East London. Acting credits include Welcome to the UK at The Bunker and Home Manchester, Black Lives Black Words at the Bush Theatre. As an assistant director, credits include a workshop at the National Theatre Studio.

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