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Actor, writer and campaigner for disability rights, Nabil Shaban, was awarded an honorary fellowship from Goldsmiths in 2019.
Nabil Shaban has dedicated his life to creating pioneering works and campaigning for disability rights.
Born in Amman, Jordan, Nabil arrived in the UK aged three for treatment for brittle bone disease, and subsequently spent six years in hospital and seven in a children’s home.
In 1980 ,Nabil co-founded Graeae, a pioneering theatre company specialising in disability arts. From Doctor Who to Hamlet, Nabil’s career spans an impressive list of film, theatre and television credits. In 2005, he published ‘Dreams My Father Sold Me’, an anthology of 30 years of his artwork and poetry.
Nabil is recognised for his political activism and campaigning, and has written and presented documentaries challenging perceptions of disabled people.
Since 2000, Shaban has been based near Edinburgh where he has appeared in many productions, including his own play, ‘The First To Go’, which chronicles the treatment of disabled people under the Nazi regime, and premiered at the Lyceum theatre in Edinburgh in 2008.