Play based on life of Glasgow asylum seeker adapted for BBC Scotland

A HARD hitting play produced by the National Theatre of Scotland has been adapted for television.

Based on the life of Glasgow asylum seeker, Adam Kashmiry, the production tells the extraordinary story of how he came to Scotland. Assigned as a female at birth, Adam arrived in Glasgow in order to transition.

 

The play charts the challenges Adam has faced living as a trans man while trying to seek asylum.

Louise Thornton, Head of Commissioning at BBC Scotland said: “Adam is a fantastic play by National Theatre of Scotland that follows the remarkable story of a young trans man and his struggle across genders and borders to be himself.

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“It has been given a unique and beautiful reinterpretation in this new version of the play, which we hope will provide the audience with some aspects of a theatre performance alongside the closeness and intimacy that television can provide.

“One of the main objectives of BBC Scotland and of the channel is to seek creative partnerships which allow us to give a platform to engaging content and bring it to a wider audience, this is a terrific example, which we hope the audience will see as a new kind of televisual experience.”

Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director of National Theatre of Scotland said: “Adam Kashmiry’s real life journey from Egypt to Glasgow and his journey of transition are at the heart of one of the most remarkable stories we have had the privilege of telling at the National Theatre of Scotland.

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“In the sharing of his story, live on stage in 2017, Adam displayed the same courage and resolve, profoundly moving all those who saw it.

“I am thrilled that Adam is now being told on screen in a beautifully crafted, made for TV, theatrical drama which will see his story reach new audiences.

“It has also afforded us the wonderful opportunity to work again with BBC Scotland, BBC Arts and Hopscotch Films who continue to demonstrate their enlightened support of Scottish theatrical talent whilst theatres remain closed.”

After its BBC Scotland TV premiere, Adam will be shown in the spring as part of the BBC Arts ‘Lights Up’ for New Culture in Quarantine Season.

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