Published On: Sat, May 31st, 2014 on 12:08 pm

Kaif beats back bullies and bad influences with theatre

Kaif Hussain

Kaif Hussain faced bullies himself and wants to inspire

A Bradford teen is directing a production based on the struggles young teenagers’ face in society and the consequences of taking the wrong paths.

Kaif Hussain, 15, has been busy creating his own theatre production named ‘The Road I Chose’, which will be performed at the Bradford Playhouse late next month.

Based on real-life events, the production will be around an hour in length, and will tell the tale of two best friends who slowly drift apart. One of the friends has a troubled life at home, and then gets caught up in the wrong crowd of people.

Kaif told the Yorkshire Standard: “It was two years ago when I started talking to a friend and we became close friends. Because of bad influences, he drifted away from me. Then he turned against me, as well as other friends. They saw me as vulnerable and didn’t like me, so they started to bully.

“I didn’t want it to happen to anyone else, so that’s why I decided to do something.”

Kaif initially planned to do presentations in different schools at first, but he gained £500 worth of funding last year and used the opportunity to write and work on his own script.

With the help of his family and friends, around eight people are already rehearsing at Freedom Studios ahead of the show date.

If the play is successful, Kaif hopes to make a film.

He said: “I hope to make it into a film if it’s successful, and instead of inviting people to come and watch me I can go and give DVDs out, including schools.

“But the main aim of the show is to make a positive change and make people think about the different paths of life, the good one and the bad one. I know a lot of people who will come to watch will be able to relate to a lot of what will be shown.”

‘The Road I Chose’ will be performed at the Bradford Playhouse on 26 June. To find out more, please visit www.facebook.com/theroadichose.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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