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Online play portrays life with Covid-19 for South Asian family

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An innovative online play performed by NHS staff is set to take a look at the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on a South Asian family when one of its members contracts Covid-19.

The performance of ‘Corona? Umeed naa khona!’ (Corona? Don’t lose hope!) has been funded by a grant from South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and will be performed bilingually in Urdu and English by amateur theatre company ChaiCup.

The play will be broadcast at 7pm on Saturday 10 April on Zoom, followed by a Q&A session with expert panellists Dr Harsh Duggal, consultant in public health, and Dr Uzma Qureshi, Bradford-based GP.

The ChaiCup cast is made up of South Asian NHS staff, including hospital consultants and a GP. They originally came together to create a play – Ammi is Fine – which touched on the cultural attitudes and pressures around living with dementia.

Mansoora Aftab, project lead at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has affected us all in different ways. ‘Corona? Umeed naa khona!’ will offer a creative insight into how the family dynamics are influenced when one of the members gets Covid-19. It’s broadcast free on Zoom and anyone is welcome to take a virtual seat.”

A live Q&A session will take place after the play which will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube, offering the opportunity to ask questions to the expert panel in Urdu/Punjabi as well as in English.

For any questions, contact Mansoora Aftab on 07810 153087 or e-mail mansoora.aftab@swyt.nhs.uk or Ron Wiener on ron@ronwiener.co.uk or 07976 396589. Join the play/Q&A using the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83344772501

Online play portrays life with Covid-19 for South Asian family

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