Peaceophobia, a journey into the lives of a group of car enthusiasts and how they challenge deep-seated prejudice was named Best Stage Production at the 10th Asian Media Awards.
The 2022 awards celebrated the achievements of journalists, broadcasters and leading creative industry professionals.
The ceremony hosted by Sky Sports News presenter Bela Shah also saw special awards for LBC News host Lisa Aziz, BBC 5Live broadcaster Nihal Arthanayake and acclaimed TV and stage actor Kulvinder Ghir.
The awards honoured journalism, online, radio, TV, creative media, stage, theatre and live events in 23 categories and was back at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate where the first awards took place in 2013.
The University of Salford are the Premier Partners for the awards which aim to shine a light on the accomplishments of media professionals from across the UK.
Cast members Mohammed Ali Younis, Sohail Hussain and Casper Ahmed from Peaceophobia were genuinely shocked as they took to the stage to accept the award.
Sohail said: “We are normal guys 9-5 to five guys from Bradford.
“We want to say congratulations to all the other nominees. It was a long journey here.
Casper Ahmed said: “We were grateful for the opportunities that we had and we grateful to tell our own stories.
“Especially hearing narratives from behind what mainstream media shows.”
Mohammed said: “We put our hearts and souls into this. The team has worked so hard.
“The production itself was coming from the heart. It was our stories being told and it involves our passion, our cars, our motor vehicles.”
Staged in a car park with a Supra, a Golf and a classic Nova, Peaceophobia brings together cars and theatre with cinematic lighting and an original electronic sound score.
Growing up in the shadow of the Bradford riots, 9/11 and police harassment, cars and faith are a sanctuary and an escape for three men. Ali, Sohail and Casper who have decided to take control of the narratives around their religion, their city, and their cars.
Conceived in Bradford and co-directed by young women from Speakers’ Corner Collective and Common Wealth it was co-written by Zia Ahmed and Bradford Modified Club, and co-produced with Fuel. After an initial run in 2021 it returned to venues in Autumn 2022.
Peaceophobia full credits:
Common Wealth, Fuel, Speakers Corner & Bradford Modified Club
Written by Zia Ahmed with Mohammad Ali Yunis, Casper Ahmed & Sohail Hussain; Directed by Evie Manning, Iram Rehman, Sajidah Shabir, Rosema Nawaz, Mariyah Kayat, Madeyah Khan & Maleehah Hussain; Designed by Rosie Elnile; Sound Designer & Composer: Wojciech Rusin; Lighting Design by Andy Purves; Associate Designer & Inflatables Creator: Rachel Schofield Owen, Soft Tissue Studio; Choreography Support by Lloyd Thompson & Himani Bhardwaj; Voice Actors: Merch Husey , Liz Simmons & James Lewis; Production Manager: Rachel Bowen; Graphic Designer: Robert Scargill; Videographer & Video Editor: Jack King; Featuring: Mohammad Ali Yunis, Casper Ahmed & Sohail Hussain
The 2022 Asian Media Awards winners of all categories and special awards were revealed at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on Friday October 28.
Previous recipients of an Asian Media Award include Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Waris Hussein, Art Malik, Mehdi Hasan, Nina Wadia, Anita Rani, Shobna Gulati, Faisal Islam & Adil Ray.
The University of Salford are Premier Partners to the Asian Media Awards.
Partners to the awards include ITV, MediaCom, Reach PLC, Manchester Evening News & TheBusinessDesk.com.
The awards are also supported by Manchester Metropolitan University, AMT Lawyers, DKR Accountants, 6G Internet, Hilton Manchester Deansgate, Fritz AV, Payal Events & Cleartwo.