We’re very excited to be welcoming the MUJU Crew to our studio this week! This theatre collective brings together Muslims and Jews (if you hadn’t already guessed) to share their incredible talent and passion on stage.
Originally hailing from a Tricycle Theatre callout, the MUJU Crew have produced art that addresses important conversations with honesty, trust and respect.
MUJU’s productions include My Dutiful Laundrette about love, loss and laundry, where a family laundrette is put up for sale, subsequently leaving each character grappling with the idea of survival – survival of both the high street and of tradition.
Last year they ran a show called Come In! Sit Down!, which daringly approached foreign affairs, caricaturing scenarios by creating comic inversions. In this play, the month of Ramadan was also marketed as a fitness programme (“I lost 30lb in 30 days!”) and a Muslim wife was imagined with four submissive husbands!
Favouring “creativity, not conflict” the MUJU Crew hopes to create shared spaces to allow members to explore their personal life experiences creatively, rather than discuss religious differences. They have tackled issues relating to youth matters, race, faith, poverty and social justice.
Supported by the Tricycle Theatre and One to One Children Foundation, MUJU began as the Tricycle Muslim Jewish Youth Theatre Group in 2004. After three years and three plays, the founding members registered the group as a charity. The crew also won the first Mosaic Talent Interfaith Award in 2008, presented by HRH Prince Charles.