When Mountains Meet /جب ملیں پہاڑ
A Scottish and Pakistani cross-cultural music, storytelling and visual art event
Photos by Anthony O'Flaherty and triptych by John McGeoch
When Mountains Meet is appearing at The Royal Lyceum Edinburgh's
We are presenting a condensed 15-minute audio and visual journey exploring how we navigate prejudice and conflicting emotions with a yearning to belong. You will hear the true account of Anne's diaries in Pakistan when she went to meet her father.
Anne Wood: Soundtrack creation, composer, musician and voice artist (except Strauss Waltzes)
Rakae Jamil: Sitar
Anthony O’Flaherty: Pakistan photography
Eleanor Mumford: Designer of installation (website)
Niloo-Far Khan: Co- Director
Kath Burlinson: Co- Director
Kate Taylor: Producer
With special thanks to The Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Jackie Crichton, Alexandra Lort Phillips, Craig Fleming Jack Summers-McKay and Allander.
Link to The Royal Lyceum's page and how to get there.
The installation will be interactive from the outside of the Lyceum Theatre. Please note that audience members will require headphones and a device that can read QR codes. There is free WiFi access.
Across two lands, one family collide.
"Dear Dr Agha Shirazi",
Please sit down. My mother is Janet McCrae from Edinburgh and ... I believe you are my father."
Isla (Edinburgh, mid 20s) writes a letter to her Pakistani father who does not know she exists. To her surprise she is invited to Karachi, where she realises because she was illegitimate she is a taboo in a culture where she longed to belong.
How do we find belonging?
Inspired by Composer Anne Wood’s true story, When Mountains Meet/Jub Milain Pahaar is a music, story and visual art production in development, investigating contemporary Scottish/Pakistani identity through immersion in the food, textiles and geography that define cultures. It explores universal themes, connection with family, relationships, love and nurture, how we root ourselves in communal religious, linguistic or musical practices and how we navigate prejudice, conflicting emotions with a yearning to belong.
Throughout the development process we have connected and collaborated with artists that have shared experiences to enrich the adventures of Isla and Farouq.
"This is my story. My mother is Scottish. My father was Pakistani. In my early twenties I found the father I had never met, visited Karachi and experienced generous hospitality and cultural riches. I also discovered that being a professional musician and an illegitimate woman accorded me little status in Pakistan. I had arrived but didn’t know who to be. I needed to find my own way to thrive."
Based on True Stories
When Mountains Meet/Jub Milain Pahar is being developed in
association with the Authentic Artist Collective.
It has been supported by National Theatre of Scotland, Stellar Quines Theatre Company/Bijli Theatre Company, Assembly Festival and Creative Scotland.