WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS – ROSHI NASEHI: RAMALAMA DING DONG
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In 2017 the phrase “Ramalama Ding Dong” was repeatedly sneered at Welsh-Iranian musician Roshi Nasehi by a stranger on a train. She was returning to London from playing the Leigh Folk Festival and the man on the train took exception to her briefly speaking in Farsi to her mum and then baby. She posted about it online and to her surprise, friends urged reporting it as a hate crime. Essex police confirmed that it was, part of a general rise in racist hate crime since 2016.
Roshi started to recount the story more generally, exploring ways of delivery that combine experiments with stand-up and sound art: using vocal processing technologies to create repetitious effects to the point of absurdity, aiming for provocation without becoming preachy. She added further accounts of real-life racism, realising that while racism is no laughing matter it can be risible, surreal and even darkly funny.
With support from an ACE Project’s Grant, a Covid 19 bursary from Sound & Music, rehearsal space from Camden People’s Theatre and NewDiorama Theatre plus a wonderful creative team:
Music Consultant – Mariam Rezaei (TOPH) Script editors – David Stubbs (Bill Bailey, Alan Davies) and Kerry Andrew (Skin)
Visuals and lighting design – Al Orange (Imove)
Director – Peyvand Sadeghian (Dual)
Roshi has been able to develop Ramalama Ding Dong in all its colours.
Performances in Newcastle Star and Shadow and Camden People’s Theatre have had great press and audience responses with comparison’s to Stewart Lee, Hannah Gadsby and Meredith Monk.
“Challenging and clever with a quick witted way of whipping up laughs out of the absurd and awful. [Roshi] takes a sledgehammer to some of the bigotry she’s encountered as a musician of Welsh-Iranian heritage”
“The Iranian folk pop artist has long been well versed in creating sound art with a focus on social commentary [here] Nasehi has opted to transform negative encounters into story lines that entertain as much as educate and inform”
“Excellent, innovative, fresh – might sound corny but I loved it. It’s taught me things as well as making me laugh and cry at the same time.”
Tickets: Pay What You Can Afford
Doors: 7.30pm Show 8pm