Anisa Bharmal

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THE ARTIST

Anisa is a singer, pianist, music teacher and music therapist, from London, UK. Her love for performing on stage stemmed from Ballet school, and her first major musical theatre role as a young teenager was playing Liat in South Pacific with Farnborough Dramatic Society. Anisa studied Music Performance at university and continued this through to her Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Alongside her passion for singing and playing, she’s the Head of Music at a British school in Dubai and directs musical productions, arranges music for ensembles and conducts choirs. She has been involved in choirs and ensembles all her life, and more recently before COVID struck, she was lucky to perform at the Dubai Opera as part of the Dubai Opera Festival Chorus. Since then, the performance opportunities have increased as she performed on the Jubilee Stage at the EXPO2020 alongside artists such as Tania Kassis and featured in a solo with the Bollywood musical maestro, AR Rahman. She is also a part of the award-winning theatre group MTDXB and has performed in three shows with them. Anisa is excited take part in Antigone Retold and can’t wait for more collaborations to come!

THE ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE

Anisa was asked to be a part of Antigone Retold after working with Lauren on a recent project at Mawaheb and she is thrilled that she did! Anisa is playing the role of Hera; she feels this allows her to truly channel her constant battle to balance and manage her emotions - it’s like the part was written for her! The role allows Anisa to showcase her acting, singing and dancing skills; she has especially enjoyed learning Sashin’s incredible choreography. She is grateful that a powerful song has been chosen for her to sing. Anisa is also arranging and directing the music for the production, allowing for collaboration opportunities with singers, who will be featured on the musical tracks. Overall, Anisa has found the whole experience of working with such a talented group of people extremely pleasurable and can’t wait to do hopefully justice to the incredible writing of the script!