TBB Talks … My Brothers Keeper with director Mahad Ali

My Brother’s Keeper, a tale of love, pain and learning. Written by BBC Writer’s Academy’s Mahad Ali …

The play follows parallel pairings – refugee brothers and father-son business owners – who collide to address timely discussions around immigration. Depicting the love of friendship, family, and romance, Mahad Ali presents a powerful story of aspiration and loss.

We spoke to Mahad about the play and his hopes for the future …

Who are you?

I’m a black Brit of Nigerian and Somali parentage who grew up in Holloway, North London.

What do you do?

I’m a writer for screen and stage, also for many years working in the youth and education sector supporting young people.

What are you working on now?

Currently, my play My Brother’s Keeper which opens at Theatre503 from 14th February – 4th March and explores the journey of two refugee brothers in search for their place within a small British town resistant to change.

L-R, Hassan (Tito Williams) and Aman (Tapiwa Mugweni) in My Brothers Keeper – Image Credit: Ali Wright

What are you watching?

Atlanta, BMF (Black Mafia Family) and Wu-Tang: An American Saga, a slept-on series but a must for a fan! Also, an honourable mention for Industry on BBC.

What are you reading?

The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon – picks up on a lot of what the black experience was like in the capital in the 50’s, crazy how much is still relevant to today with the recent Windrush scandal.

What are you listening to?

Anything by Tems at the minute and currently running back Mos Def’s Black on Both Sides.

Last thing you saw on stage?

The Boys are Kissing at Theatre503 by Zak Zarafshan, a great show by a fellow 503 five writer … a lot of talent has come from the scheme.

Whose footsteps are you following in?

Obviously black playwrights like Roy William, but I would also love to make a TV series and I think the creator of Power Courtney Kemp has had a really steady rise from working on The Good Wife to being a show runner. Something I would love to dream of doing over here and bursting with the ideas to do it!

What’s next?

After My Brother’s Keeper it’s my play Black Men Go Fishing on at the Birmingham Rep in May.

What’s your socials?

@Mahad_Ali16


My Brother’s Keeper runs at Theatre503 from 14th February – 4th March

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