“Blood” by Em Hussain

"Blood" by Em Hussain

A tale of love, lust and betrayal set in the Pakistani community of northern England, based on Lorca’s tragedy Blood Wedding. Em Hussain  first explored the fallout from fractured family ties in her debut play for Tamasha, Sweet Cider. In Blood, she digs deeper into the heart of those urban lives inextricably linked to rural ties that have taken root in the soil of contemporary Britain.

Em has worked extensively as a workshop practitioner specialising in pupil referral units. As a spoken word artist, she has performed nationally and internationally and toured with the Benjamin Zephaniah Band. As well as having a third research commission with Tamasha, she is also a writer in development with Kali Theatre and Half Moon Young People’s Theatre and has a pending attachment with the Royal Court Theatre. She is currently writing her first feature film set in Bristol.

Sudha Bhuchar, co-Artistic Director of Tamasha:

Tamasha is thrilled to commission Emteaz’s second play as she deepens her poetic, personal voice. Inspired by Lorca’s Blood Wedding, this work is urban and culturally specific, yet viscerally epic. Her economy and the right choice of text strips the characters bare to their essence and lets us in to a world governed by links to family and clan, yet fiercely individual wants and desires.