Shahid Iqbal Khan – Royal Court residency

By Graeae Team , September, 22 2021

Graeae and The Royal Court Theatre are delighted to announce that Shahid Iqbal Khan – a graduate from the Graeae Write to Play programme – will begin a year-long attachment programme in January 2022. As well as a co-commission, this programme will embed Shahid into the work of both organisations and give him a platform to explore, interrogate and experiment.

Commenting on the attachment, Khan said;

“This is a dream come true! I have learnt so much from Graeae and Royal Court in the past few years and I’m really looking forward to building and developing my artistic practice. I can’t wait to spend my 2022 with two such brilliant organisations.”

Shahid Iqbal Khan’s foray into creative writing began with a short play for Carol Godby’s Festival of Plays (Met Theatre, Bury). He joined the Manchester Muslim Writers’ group not long after, a collective that inspired him to explore and compose poetry.

He was Associate Artist for Phizzical Productions and is an alumnus of Graeae Theatre’s prestigious Write To Play programme.

His play, 10 Nights, will run from 7 October 2021 to 6 November 2021 at the Bush Theatre – a co-production between Graeae and Tamasha, in association with the Bush Theatre.

Nickie Miles-Wildin, Associate Director at Graeae said;

“Shahid is a truly engaging and gifted writer who came to Graeae through our Write To Play programme. I’m thrilled that the Royal Court and Graeae are working in partnership to develop and nurture this amazing playwright. I cannot wait to see what Shahid creates.” 

Lucy Morrison, Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre added;

“We are hugely excited to be partnering with Graeae Theatre Company – a trailblazing force for theatre and home to the country’s leading Deaf and disabled artists, to co-commission Shahid Iqbal Khan. Shahid is a writer who asks big questions through deep and detailed characters and we look forward to being enriched and energised by his thinking over the coming year.

We hope it will be an empowering experience for him to shape his own journey with both organisations and a way to grow our relationship with a writer we have loved getting to know through conversations about his work and through our Royal Court/Deafinitely writers’ group.”