Omar Ibrahim plays it safe with a nice mix of one-liners, anecdotes and metatheatrical riffing. Armed with a gown (“If you’ve seen me wear this before I was high or going down on you”) and a notebook and pen we enter a space where we can refreshingly laugh at the absurdism of racism. Omar’s Pakistani via Ugandan heritage is played up as the VAULT Festival categorises the stand up as “Asian Voices.” Marketed as “an idiot’s attempt to further the cultural conversation… offering a unifying tonic for polarised times.”
Marta Dziurosz and editors Željka Marošević and Sophie Missing take the 2022 prize for a translation of Marcin Wicha’s Things I Didn’t Throw Out. This year’s Scott Moncrieff Prize winner is one of four shortlisted texts ‘concerned with the changing fortunes of African countries’.