Syed Haleem Najibi

Actor and facilitator, Afghanistan (Dari, Pashto, Urdu, Farsi)

Syed joined Phosphoros Theatre after hearing about it from a friend. He’d done drama at school (playing Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream!) so wanted to develop 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 has recently become a public speaker. 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 and UCL’s Beyond PTSD conference. He has also taken part in multiple interviews for Phosphoros including BBC, Times Scotland, London Live, Canadian magazine L’actualité, Summerhall Radio and many more. He also facilitates drama workshops with Kate and Tewodros for refugee and other groups, and particularly enjoys delivering 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 will be performing in Pizza Shop Heroes, 2018/2019