Former Stage & Media Student wins Eastern Eye Emerging Artist Award 2017

Ambreen receiving her ACTA Ambreen receiving her ACTA

Former BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Media student, Ambreen Razia, has picked up an Eastern Eye Emerging Artist Award for her one-woman show, The Diary of a Hounslow Girl.

 

The Emerging Artist Award is presented to “an emerging artist who has earned significant recognition for a piece of work in the creative industries. It recognises new and undisputed talent and encourages the UK’s most promising artists at an early stage of their careers.”

 

Ambreen has garnered much acclaim for The Diary of a Hounslow Girl, a monologue told through the eyes of a 16 year old British Muslim Girl growing up in West London. From traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus this is a funny, bold, provocative play highlighting the challenges of being brought up as a young woman in a traditional Muslim family alongside the temptations and influences growing up in and around London.

 

Actress and writer, Ambreen, has gone from strength to strength since leaving Kingston College:

 

Performance credits include:
On the Middle Day (Old Vic Theatre); Words and Women (Edinburgh Fringe); Constant Reminders (International Arts Festival); Variations on a Theme (Camden People's Theatre); The Diary of a Hounslow Girl (Black Theatre Live National UK Tour) ; Mind the Gap (National Theatre); No Guts, No Heart, No Glory (Perth International Arts Festival Australia); Random Acts (Channel 4); No Guts, No Heart, No Glory (BBC 4); Murdered by my Father (BBC Three); Love Eventually (Esplanade Vale Media), Carnage (Channel 4).

 

And other writing credits:
2017 ‘POT’ (Stage: Ovalhouse March 2017) inspired by the recent comeback of Gang Culture within the UK as well as ‘Britain’s Forgotten Children’ season which aired on C4. The season focused on the thousands of children who get lost in the care system within the UK.
 and has appeared in the BBC3 drama Murdered By My Father produced by BBC Studios, which is based on a real-life honour killing. She also starred in a comedy sketch with Mandeep Dhillon, The Raz and Deep Show which explores the clash between traditional Asian culture and modern British life, as well as featuring in Channel 4’s Random Acts and BBC 4’s No Guts, No Heart, No Glory.

 

2016 'Relapse' (Short Film: In development)
After a five year Prison sentence Twenty- Three year old Ria struggles to re-assimilate back into society.  Her prospects are low and relationships unsalvageable. The possibility of re-establishing contact with her daughter spurs her on to start again.

 

2016 'The Raz and Deep Show' (TV: The Wall of Comedy Channel)
Brand new comedy sketch show involving sketches which explore the clash between traditional Indian/Pakistani culture and modern British life. Starring Ambreen Razia and Mandeep Dhillon.

 

The Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre awards were created last year to recognise the enormous contribution artists of South Asian heritage make to the British arts scene in general, seeking to spotlight the very best of Asian talent in the UK. The awards cover a wide range of artistic sectors and include among others, Artist of the Year, Dancer of the Year, Musician Book of the Year, Production of the Year, Comedy of the Year.

 

In line with other movements, organisations and individuals, currently seeking to bring a better representation of Britain’s Asian, Black, and other Minority ethnic groups across the arts, the ACTAs has been created to encourage and inspire all underrepresented ethnic groups and join hands with others seeking to influence positive change and attitudes.

 

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