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 has also written articles for publications including Huffington Post and Metro. 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 wants to be an engineer. He will be starting a degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering at Queen Mary University of London in 2019, after being awarded the Article 26 Scholarship for people seeking asylum or with discretionary leave to remain.
Syed is performing in Pizza Shop Heroes, 2018/2019, and leads outreach activities alongside the show.