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Muslim theatre company to perform at Educational Symposium

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Thursday’s (28 June) Educational Symposium, ‘Seeing Beyond’ organised by the University Chaplaincy will see keynote speakers, through reflection upon philosophy, the performing arts, the contemplative life, and theology, contribute to discussion on how education in the 21st century can be seen as having truly ‘higher’ value and purpose.

The award winning Khayaal Theatre Company bring together artists and audiences of different faiths and secular traditions to foster understanding and engagement between Muslim communities and the wider world.

From the well known tales of the 1001 nights and those of Rumi to lesser-known and virtually unknown tales from an extensive range of Muslim subcultures and authors, Khayaal work to creatively and imaginatively demonstrate shared values and aspirations.

Over the last 20 years, Khayaal has developed a strong reputation as the first dedicated producer of professional English language theatre inspired by Muslim world culture and heritage. Khayaal is forging a new genre and brand of cross-cultural theatre whose formula of wisdom and humour has won it popular and critical acclaim nationally and internationally.

Other keynote speakers include Mr David Carpenter, Senior Lecturer in Moral and Political Philosophy at the University, Rev Dr Jeremy Law DPhil, Reader in Theology at Canterbury Christ Church University and Sister Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ PhD, Senior Lecturer in Pastoral and Social Studies and Theology at Heythrop College London.

If we see beyond our limited perspectives, we can discover mutual wisdom which may offer us clearer discernment and deeper fulfilment in our lives and work. Such values can give education greater purpose; enable us to become more fully human; and encourage us to make a more positive ethical impact in our world and society.

The symposium will be on Thursday 28 June from 9.30am – 4.30pm. Spaces are still available to book on to the  event.

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