abdul shayek
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  • United Kingdom
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What I do:
Theatre Director
A little more about me:
Hi I’m Abdul - dad, son, brother, West Ham fan & theatre director. I run a theatre company called Fio www.wearefio.co.uk
based in Cardiff but working across the UK and further afield.
I moved to Cardiff and Wales to work for NTW as Creative Associate in 2011. Before that, in London, I freelanced for a variety of different companies ranging from grassroots community-led organisations to larger national and regional companies.

I also set up a theatre company which has specialised in working with young people and communities since its inception in 2005. The company has delivered numerous projects and also started to create professional film and theatre productions.

My passion for theatre derives from the fact that it had such a profound and significant positive impact on my life. I initially came into the industry through vocational and practical routes - i.e. Youth Theatre and on the job experience, however since have attained a BA Hons in International Theatre Studies at the University of East London and also have a 3rd of an MA for a Teacher Artists Partnership Programme with London Institute of Education. I am also a Clore Fellow having done the year-long programme in 2013-2014.
Location:
Cardiff
Projects I’m working on:
Various Fio projects including 'Project Fio', Fio Participatory Artists Training Programme and various other things.

I am also working on a couple of smaller projects for other companies.

Finally I am trying to start an international theatre festival here in Wales!
Personal Website/CV:
http://www.wearefio.co.uk
Twitter @username:
abdul_shayek

Abdul shayek's Blog

The Island

Having emerged from a rehearsal process which has been amazing, provocative and at times difficult.  We now have a great show which needs to be seen by as many people as possible across Wales and beyond. Our opening night had a powerful response in rural Mid Wales and our sellout show in Newport needed extra seats.  The show left people speechless and in tears on both occasions.  Friends in Wales, Manchester and further afield, come and see The…
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Posted on October 24, 2018 at 19:08

Executive Producer Vacancy

Fio makes fearless theatre: work that tears down stereotypes and challenges injustice. Our approach is inclusive and our guiding principle is relevance.  Our home is Cardiff and we work across the UK and Internationally.

Due to successfully securing Arts Council Wales Creative Steps funding to support significant organisational development, Fio is seeking to appoint an experienced and motivated Executive…

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Posted on June 25, 2018 at 11:39

Board Members/ Trustees required

Fio makes fearless theatre: work that tears down stereotypes and challenges injustice. Our approach is inclusive and our guiding principle is relevance.  Our home is Cardiff and we work across the UK and Internationally.

Due to successfully securing Arts Council Wales Creative Steps funding to support significant organisational development, Fio is looking for additional Trustees to join our small and dedicated Board and help guide the company through…

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Posted on June 25, 2018 at 10:46

Finance Manager Vacancy

Fio makes fearless theatre: work that tears down stereotypes and challenges injustice. Our approach is inclusive and our guiding principle is relevance. Our home is Cardiff and we work across the UK and Internationally.

Fio is seeking to contract an experienced and motivated Finance Manager to develop and maintain project and global budgets, diversifying income streams and managing the charity financial…

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Posted on June 25, 2018 at 9:00

The Mountaintop

Today sees us start rehearsals for 'The Mountaintop' by Katori Hall, the first time the play has been staged in Wales. We are putting it on at The Other Room, taking the play back to an intimate theatre space where it started life.

Whilst inevitably there is the first day feelings of nervousness- I am also extremely excited. We have an outstanding team of people from our 2 performers, to our creative team and producers, to all of the supportive staff at The Other Room, to the…

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Posted on September 7, 2016 at 8:00

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At 10:07 on May 11, 2012, Sarah Mumford said…

Hey Abdul, the Assembly voting stops at 12 noon right?! It's all getting very exciting!

At 0:21 on April 24, 2012, Karl Joseph Williams said…

Hi Abdul,

Just wanted to leave a comment to say thank you again for the workshop today - really enjoyed!

See you tommorow,

Karl.

At 20:51 on February 5, 2012, abdul shayek said…

8 over the 1000 mark - nice!!!!!

At 11:55 on February 5, 2012, abdul shayek said…

3 votes off a 1000 on the Assembly site - very pleased - we still have a week to go.

 

At 15:24 on January 12, 2012, abdul shayek said…

I wanted to share this with people as it is a great opportunity.

Applications are now open for Step Change 2012. Please forward on this information to anyone you know who may be interested in applying.

 

The Application form and Information Sheet are attached and also available to download from the National Theatre jobs page. Further information (including pdfs of Case Studies and Information for employers) will be available on the Step Change page.

 

If your organisation is interested in hosting a placement or someone you know would be interested in becoming a mentor, please let me know and I can send you further information.


At 12:54 on January 11, 2012, Sarah Mumford said…

Hey Abdul! Hope all's good, I think there's a problem with the blog (residency week) link on the Assembly page...it won't open. Thought you'd like to know :-) sarah x

At 13:52 on November 23, 2011, Joshua Giles-Burnette said…

Holla at me on Facebook bruv.

At 13:51 on November 23, 2011, Joshua Giles-Burnette said…

Are you working for NTW now then?  I wanted to find out about doing a placement there.

At 13:42 on November 23, 2011, Joshua Giles-Burnette said…

Yeah sweet mate, it's like an instalation piece so you can come and go as you please. Hope to see you there. Josh

At 13:33 on November 23, 2011, Joshua Giles-Burnette said…

Yo bruv, doing well? I'm cool, I'm in a show at central this thursday and friday I'll send you an invite on facebook. safe.

 
 
 

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