A contemporary take on The Conference of the Birds (a 12th century epic Persian poem by Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar) meets ’70’s cult film classic, The Warriors. Young people from all over the city, all the different tribes, the Rudeboys, the Party Girls, the Footballers, the Chess Players, the Skateboarders, the Drug Runners and the Uniformed Schoolkids are all converging in the park one cold winter’s midnight: Summoned there by the mysterious and enigmatic Cyroe. No one really knows who Cyroe is, or has ever really met him. All they do know is that when Cyroe calls, you answer.
Eager to learn Cyroe’s message for them, what they don’t know, but are about to find out, is that far from having the ‘answer’ to what they might all be looking for, Cyroe is going to send them on a treacherous quest – across deserts, up mountains, over frozen wastelands and long dangerous rock faces – where they will face their worst nightmares and darkest fears in an attempt to find the answer for themselves and discover the true meaning of leadership.
Avaes Mohammad’s scripts have chronicled post 9/11 multicultural Britain and represented the challenges of young people in the UK. He currently seeks to engage with the heritage of Islamic and Sufi literatures, reinterpreting them for contemporary western audiences. As a performance poet his influences range from the Sufi Saints of South Asia to the Dub Poets of Jamaica. His essays and opinion pieces engage with topics that include integration, identity and the arts. Avaes is enjoying writing long form fiction.