PMJ Productions in association with Park Theatre presents the European Premiere of

Faceless

By Selina Fillinger

Post Show Talks

PMJ Productions is partnering with the NSPCC (www.nspcc.co.uk), a young people’s health and well being charity. There will be NSPCC Q&A’s, Helpline counsellors available for schools that attend, a flyer given to the audience with information about Childline (for children and young people), the NSPCC Helpline (for adults) and other helplines that advise adults, parents, and professionals with 21st century issues.

Free post show talks taking place in the theatre directly after the show (no separate tickets required).

 

Tuesday 17th April - Faceless Playwright Selina Fillinger

Selina Fillinger discusses the inspiration and process behind her professional playwriting debut, Faceless. The play was commissioned while still a student at Northwestern University and the subsequent production premiered at Northlight Theatre (Chicago, USA) in 2017. 

 

Wednesday 18th  April – “A Young Muslim Woman in the West” Merium Bhuiyan

Merium Bhuiyan is a trustee of Holloway Educational and Culture Centre. She is known for her interest in promoting diversity and empowering others through her private teaching of English and Maths and spends her free time in consulting roles for several charities to give back to the community. Merium also founded CakeFace Makeup, a personalised lifestyle and beauty service operating across the UK and Middle East.

 

Friday 20th April - “Leaving Faith Behind” Aliyah Saleem  

Aliyah Saleem is a feminist social activist who has campaigned on issues regarding fundamentalist religion, women's rights, apostasy and secular education. She has written for The Times, the online magazine Sedaa and has made documentaries with the BBC and the Economist. She is the co-editor and co-author of "Leaving Faith Behind: The journeys and perspectives of people who have chosen to leave Islam". She is an English MA student at Brunel University and a researcher at the House of Lords. 

 

Saturday 21st April – “Trust Me” LGfL Penny Patterson

Penny Patterson is a safeguarding advisor in the London Borough of Havering, a CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command) ambassador, a member of the UKCCIS (UK Council for Child Internet Safety) Education Board and the LGfL (London Grid for Learning) Safeguarding Board. LGfL partnered with Childnet to produce ‘Trust Me’ which was created after hearing from schools that they wanted a resource which would start the conversations around extremism and extreme online content.

 

Wednesday 25th April – “A Safeguarding App for Young People”  SafeToNet CEO Richard Pursey 

Richard Pursey is the CEO of SafeToNet, a British cyber security company that has written an app that safeguards youngsters from cyber bullying, grooming, radicalisation and other predatory threats. The software was launched in the UK in 2016 and filters in real time, incoming and outgoing messages on all major social networks and chat rooms, blocking harmful content before it is seen.

 

Thursday 26th April – “Importance of Helpline support” NSPCC Head of Helplines, John Cameron OBE

The NSPCC helpline service and Childline are increasingly being used by adults seeking help and support for concerns for their children relating from the threat of radicalization in all its forms and terrorism. John Cameron will discuss the importance of providing confidential helpline support to adults and children. https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world

 

Friday 27th April  -  “Koran App” Ananas Foundation CEO Zeena Qureshi

Zeena Qureshi is the 26-year-old chief executive of Ananas, a new platform that provides insight into ideologies, the beliefs that make us who we are. They will be providing easy to use tools that can be used to better understand the related texts. Its first mission is to create a “living Koran” www.ananas.org.uk

 

Saturday 28th April  - “Technology and Identity” Hussein Kesvani

Hussein Kesvani is the UK & Europe editor of MEL magazine, a new online men's interest publication in association with Dollar Shave Club. He is also a columnist at VICE, and has contributed to the Guardian, BBC News, the Spectator and New Internationalist. He moonlights as a podcast producer, working with charities and NGOs on producing audio content. He is writing his first book - "Follow Me, Bro : How the internet is shaping British Muslim identity"  with Hurst publishers, due to be published in early 2019. 

 

Tuesday 1st May - “Al-Britannia, My Country - A Journey through Muslim Britain” James Fergusson

James Fergusson is a freelance journalist and foreign correspondent who has written for many publications including the Independent, The Times, the Daily Mail and The Economist. A regular television and radio commentator on Afghanistan and the Taliban, he is the author of four previous books including A Million Bullets, which was the British Army's Military Book of the Year.

 

Wednesday 2nd May - “The Creative Process” with Director Prav MJ and Cast

The director Prav MJ and the cast of Faceless will discuss the creative process of bringing Faceless to the stage.

 

Thursday 3rd May - “Internet Safety and Safeguarding” NSPCC Laura Randall

Laura Randall is a Senior Child Safety Online Manager at the NSPCC.  We have asked government to introduce a set of minimum standards that technology companies must abide by in order to safeguard children online. Laura will explain that if in order to keep children safe online, everyone has to play their part.  She will describe the critical role that social media can play in grooming children and young people.

 

Friday 4th May - “Being a Muslim and a Secularist” Yasmin Rehman

Yasmin Rehman is a Board member of EVAW (End Violence Against Women Coalition) and the Cross-Government Working Group on Hate Crimes. She is also a Trustee of the Centre for Secular Space. Yasmin was previously Chief Executive of Greenwich Inclusion Project (GrIP) a strategic race equalities and hate crime organisation, and co-edited Moving in the Shadows: Violence in the Lives of Minority Women and Children.

 

Saturday 5th May Matinee @3.15pm - “Poetry Inspired by Faceless”  All Change Arts

Since 1985 All Change has been bringing artists and communities together to develop original and innovative arts projects, which transform lives and make a real difference to communities in North London. The poetry accompanying and inspired by Faceless has been created by young women aged 16-25 who participate in B Creative - a programme of creative projects co-produced with young women for young women in Islington. http://www.allchangearts.org 

 

Tuesday 8th May -  “Free Speech”  Index on Censorship CEO Jodie Ginsberg

Jodie Ginsberg, is CEO of Index on Censorship a non profit that campaigns for and defends free expression worldwide. They publish work by censored writers and artists, promote debate, and monitor threats to free speech. Index’s aim is to raise awareness about threats to free expression and the value of free speech as the first step to tackling censorship. https://www.indexoncensorship.org/


Thursday 10th May - “Responding to the Needs of Parents” NSPCC Chris Cloke


Chris Cloke is Head of Safeguarding in Communities at the NSPCC.  The NSPCC works with communities and professionals to keep children safe on a range of issues including sexual abuse and exploitation, neglect and bullying. They also deliver workshops to parents about how they can keep their children safe online, exploring all the opportunities and risks that the online world creates for our children and young people. 

 

Friday 11th May  - “Tackling Fundamentalism in the UK ” London Metropolitan University Research Fellow Dr Dhaliwal

Dr Sukhwant Dhaliwal has worked for over ten years in the women’s voluntary sector in the UK, for Black and minority women’s organisations supporting women and children fleeing violence and abuse. She moved over to academia in 2003 and focused on research at the intersection of ‘race’ and gender, age, disability, religion and belief. She is one of the founders of Feminist Dissent a new journal on gender and fundamentalism.  With Nita Yuval-Davis, she is co-editor of Women Against Fundamentalism: Stories of Dissent and Solidarity, published by Lawrence and Wishart in 2014.