Year Two


2602-83croppedWhy are so many Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) young people disconnected to their communities?

Why do young people choose to go and fight – or marry – in Syria or Iraq?

Mandala uses the power of performance and the compelling evidence of research to uncover what young people are searching for, even if that means putting their own lives in jeopardy.

Through in-depth creative workshops and discussions with young people from communities where radicalisation and urban separation and division are particularly potent, we are researching experiences of connection or dis-connection to the communities they have grown up in.

Mandala is working with award-winning new writer Atiha Sen Gupta and researchers from the Institute for Research in Education (University of Bedfordshire) to ensure that these young people’s voices and stories are central to the company’s new play, Castaways, the second in Mandala’s trilogy, Place, Identity and Belonging.

Rehearsed readings of excerpts from the script took place in early September 2017 in Woolwich, London, Oxford, Luton and Stockton-on-Tees. The play begins its UK tour in Spring 2018.

Project partners

  • University of Bedfordshire
  • The ARC Theatre, Stockton
  • Coventry University
  • Ark-T Centre, Oxford
  • HOUSE, Farnham Maltings