Change The Word


Change The Word

We collaborated with the fantastic Good Chance Theatre to bring Change the Word to Bradford in autumn 2022! The project consisted of weekly sessions to meet and write poetry, eat together, spark ideas and share those ideas with the world through a poetry anthology and a poetry performance.


Change the Word was open to all, from people seeking sanctuary to people who have lived here all their lives. The project launched with a Welcome Meal in August 2022 and ran to December 2022.

The group joined us to discover, write, meet friendly new faces and have their voices heard! Taking part in inspirational weekly writing and performance workshops, forging new connections, sharing food and being creative together. The work of the Change the Word group was showcased in a professional poetry anthology and a poetry performance.

Participants were welcome to write and perform in their own language and is open to all but particularly welcomes people seeking sanctuary. Support with childcare and travel costs was available to all.

Poetry & Performance Night: Mud, Water and Magic

The night of ensemble performance poetry by Bradford based sanctuary seekers & locals, took place in December 2022. Where an audience of friends and family joined us for an evening of sharing, storytelling and the launch of the groups Change the Word Bradford anthology.

We were also very luck to share the evening with the extremely talented Bradford Friendship Choir, who invited the audience to join them in their passion for singing.

The event took place in Displace Yourself Theatre new space; The Place.


Mud, Water & Magic Ensemble:

Adam Deacon, Ahlam Dukhkhani, Ahmad Saied, Alison Holloway, Esha Saghir Din Arbab, Iman Saghir Din Arbab, Josie Gale, Mariyam Karolia, Mussarat Rahman, Mustafa Husseini, Nicholas Howard, Noor Jahangir, Philip McCowen, Ricardo Lutomawa Kindoki, Shamim Akhtar, Sue Balcomb. Supported by: Bradford Friendship Choir.

Change The Word Bradford Team

Director & Writer – Saoirse Teale

Writer – Sai Murray

Producer – Ezra Nash

Set Design & Visuals – Michelle Wren

Composer – Elliot Mann

Tech & Audio Support – Ben Burnside

Set & Production Support – Kazem Ashourzadeh

Good Chance Team

Dina Mousawi, Connie Treves, Diyo Mulopo Bopengo


Arts Council, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Bertha Foundation, Displace Yourself Theatre, Emily Webb, Amir Hussain Ibrahimi, Bradford Immigration & Asylum Support & Advice Network (BIASAN), City of Sanctuary, Horton Housing, Bradford Refugee Forum, Millside Centre, Bradford 2025, Bradford Producing Hub, Jack King, Nathan McGill, Raven Staging.