Shubbak Festival
Colette Dalal Tchantcho

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Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: Pay What You Can (Recommended Price £8)*

*all orders will be subject to a transaction fee of £1.

Running Time: 90 mins

Age Recommendation: 18+

This event takes place in person in our Rec Room. 

Dreamer is a Work in Progress presentation. 

Shubbak Festival and BAC present Dreamer, a semi-autobiographical performance of urgent witness about three Black women in Arab society.

Salama, Eman and Juliette. Each a model of possibility, representing the choices and challenges faced by Black women in the Arab World. They are confronted with the weight of invisibility. They assert themselves. They love, hurt, and heal.

Through their interconnected lives, Dreamer reveals what racism, misogyny and xenophobia look like alongside culture, faith and joy. It interrogates regional gender and sexual politics, the friction between modernity and tradition, and the generational conflicts which shape how black women relate to each other and themselves.

Dreamer reflects a varied, textured Black experience that has long been silenced and hidden away.



This event takes place in person in our Rec Room. This space is on the first floor, with step-free access via a lift.

If you have booked a ticket you will receive an email from us before your performance detailing important information about your visit.


If you require the assistance of a friend or helper to attend, we can make a free ticket available for your companion. You can book access companion tickets online or contact the Box Office to book by emailingaccess@bac.org.uk. 

To book a free access companion online:

  • log in to your account here
  • go to ‘Other preferences’ and tick ‘I require a personal assistant/companion’.
  • Choose the performance, date and seats you would like and if you add at least 2 tickets to your basket, then one of these will automatically become free.


BSL interpreted performance: 1 July, 7:30pm. Interpreted by Sumayya Si-Tayeb.
Find out more about BSL interpreted performances.


  • Nudity
  • Flashing Lights
  • Sensitive content including rape

All performances will be Relaxed. We invite you to make yourself comfortable and move around if you need to and if you need to leave the performance at any point you will be allowed to return to the space when you feel ready.




Lead Creative and Performer: Colette Dalal Tchantcho

Dreamer was created with a team of eight dedicated artists. For some of these artists, being named publicly as a collaborator in a work tackling themes such as colorism, queerness, and the politics of Arab Society could impact their future work, visa status and physical safety. Listing only those who are safe to be named perpetuates the imbalance of visibility that can happen when white western collaborators are invited to work in an Afro-Arab space. Therefore, the creative team has collectively chosen not to be listed in print. Colette deeply appreciates them, their work, and dedication. Please keep in mind that work such as this is supported by significant amounts of invisible labour, both practical and emotional and that work does not end once the production is staged.


We believe in making our shows accessible to as many people as possible.

We offer tickets on a Pay What You Can basis for the majority of performances throughout the year. Tickets usually start at £8, and we have recommended pricing to help you to choose a price that works for you.

We know that ticket price is a huge barrier for some, and the Pay What You Can model offers people who can afford to pay the recommended price or more the chance to support others who can’t.


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