Common Wealth, Speakers Corner and Bradford Modified Club with Fuel
Common Wealth and Fuel present Peaceophobia.
Co-created by Common Wealth, Speakers Corner and Bradford Modified Club. Written by Zia Ahmed.
If ‘Islam’ comes from ‘peace’, how can you fear peace?
Peaceophobia is an unapologetic response to rising Islamophobia around the world. Part car-meet part-theatre, the show explores how you find peace in a world that tells you who you are.
Growing up in the shadow of the Bradford Riots, 9/11 and police harassment, cars and faith are a sanctuary, an escape, an expression for three Muslim Pakistani men. Ali, Sohail and Casper are taking control of the narratives around their religion, their city, and their cars.
Staged in a carpark with a Supra, a Golf and a classic Nova, Peaceophobia brings together cars and theatre with cinematic lighting and an original electronic sound score.
Conceived in Bradford and co-directed by young women from Speakers’ Corner Collective and award-winning theatre company Common Wealth, co-written by acclaimed playwright Zia Ahmed and Bradford Modified Club, in co-production with Fuel.
‘An ambitious, accomplished, immersive production that intersects community, culture and cars’.
★★★★, The Stage
Peaceophobia is supported by Without Walls, Bradford 2025, Co-Creating Change, Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Pears Foundation, and Fenton Arts Trust. The R&D for Peaceophobiawas supported by Blueprint: Without Walls R&D Investment Fund.
This piece of work also includes SISTERHOOD, an exhibition celebrating femininity, pride and collective strength, as told by the empowering women of Speakers Corner.
If you would like get in touch about this work, please contact Hannah Slimmon, International Development Manager.