This year, I’m planning to give Confessions of an Ageing Tennis Player a major re-boot by publishing it with Troubadour books. I’ve been fortunate to meet a Derby based illustrator, Paul Warren, who has provided a fantastic set of images for the book which you can see on the campaign page here.
I’ve also been very lucky to involve Rez Kabir who has generously donated his time and skills to support the campaign.
Rez Kabir is an actor and storyteller, born in Bangladesh and is known for his work on stage and screen. He has also appeared on TV and radio. He is artistic director of Tamarind Theatre Co and a founder member and executive producer of Mukul & Ghetto Tigers based in London. He trained with Tara Arts, Man Mela, Little Angel Theatre and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers.
Over the years, he has worked to support and develop new and emerging artists, teaching theatre practice and vocal training through his ‘Next Stage’ training programmes. He is passionate about stories and storytelling, and promotes learning through reading and conducts education workshops for children and families. This he feels is important in order to create new stories and story-makers and enriching lives. He also promotes diversity and inclusion and connects with communities helping them to have greater engagement and participation with the arts.
Highlights include playing Uri Savir (u/s) in the play Oslo by Tony Award winning writer; JT Rogers (Royal National Theatre/Lincoln Center) and Westend transfer at Harold Pinter theatre. Mr Shah in East is East by Ayub Khan Din directed by Suba Das (Nottingham Playhouse/Northern Stage) Kiterunner adapted by Matthew Spangler (toured UK and Ireland including Gaiety Theatre Dublin. Pericles in Pericles Prince of Tyre (Michael Judge) NIE Theatre. The King in Phantom Queen FIPA (Hi Ching). Tybalt/ Friar/ Nurse); Romeo & Juliet (M Ahmed) Mukul & Ghetto Tigers, a bi lingual production in Palagaan style toured India and Tagore’s University (Shanteniketan/Jadapur Uni). The Postman play Government Inspector (N Gogal) Tara toured Australia and New Zealand.
Film credits include The Infiltrator (Brad Furman) with Bryan Cranston, Zohra (Kemal Akhtar winner of Best Film award Race & Media, Best film Tonques on Fire Festival. The Innkeeper in Aghori by Tarun Jasani (soon to be released). Personal projects legend of the Black Lotus (Tamarind), Umrao Jaan Circle of Light (Tamarind/MGT), Wizard of the Moon (Hardial Rai) Zero Culture Co, The Bat/Two Headed Bird for Womad, Oxford Wilderness Festival and All Point East. Playing the Maharajah in Gauhar Jaan (T.Jasani) for SOBD theatre Festival.
Last year he completed films Phutto (Carlos Eduardo), Banglatown (IMotion productions) and Limbo Inna London (B Bahi) Zane Productions.