Syed Haleem Najibi

Performer and participation assistant

Syed joined Phosphoros Theatre after hearing about it from a friend. He’d enjoyed drama at school so wanted to try more. Syed has shared a lot of his personal experiences of fleeing Afghanistan as an Unaccompanied Minor in the development of Phosphoros Theatre’s shows and in 2018 starting doing public speaking. He has spoken at events including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Child Refugee conference, Bunker Without Borders, Student Action for Refugees (STAR) annual conference, UCL’s Beyond PTSD conference, Beyond The Border storytelling festival and Men and Boys’ Coalition annual conference. He is Phosphoros Theatre’s lead spokesman and has taken part in multiple radio, TV and print interviews including Sky News, i Newspaper, The Stage, ITN News, BBC, Times Scotland, London Live, Canadian magazine L’actualité, Summerhall Radio and many more. He regularly leads drama workshops with Kate for refugee youth and schools, and particularly enjoys delivering training to professionals who work with Unaccompanied Minors. In April 2018 he co-presented an academic paper with Kate at the Storytelling For Refuge / Storytelling As Refuge conference at University of South Wales called In my chicken shop people look at me like I’m nothing, but these people pay to hear my story. Aside from his role as an activist actor and facilitator, Syed is doing an Access to Engineering course in order to hopefully study Engineering at University soon.

Syed is performing in Pizza Shop Heroes, 2018/2019