Tuheen Huda is a practising Intensive Care Doctor and also a writer, performer and emerging director.
During his pre-clinical training at University of St. Andrews, Tuheen began as a performer, playing a wide variety of genres from absurdist (Jean, Rhinoceros, Ionesco), to comedic (Stags and Hens, Willy Russell) and dark satire (Caresses, Sergi Belbel). On moving to Manchester in 2003, he continued his informal performance training, becoming a member of the prestigious Contact Young Actors Company, working with great national and international directors (Rikki Beadle-Blair, UK and Victoria, Belgium). This culminated in being part of the company “Nine” that represented Manchester in the international theatre festival “contacting the World” 2006, where he co-wrote and devised the show “?” which received great international feedback.
He qualified in medicine in 2006, and began to work full time as a foundation doctor for 2 years in Blackpool Victoria Hospital, and then returned to manchester to specialise in intensive care training from 2008, based at Manchester Royal Infirmary. The hospital is a tertiary centre for Haematology, Nephrology, Hepatobiliary, and Gastroenterology medicine as well as a european centre for transplant medicine. During that time he has presented at international microbiology and gastroenterology conferences (as part of wider teams), and taken a strong role in using his performative skills to enhance medical education. Due to the extensively wide variety of pathologies seen and the ever increasing work load, Tuheen searched for a creative outlet once more and left full time medicine to rediscover his passion for theatre and performance art in 2011.
Since then he has performed at a number of festivals, (Lost and Found 2011 and 2012, Imploding inevitable Festival 2011) and worked with major arts venues in Manchester (Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art 2012 and 2013, Contact 2012, The Lowry 2013, The Library Theatre 2013 and Z-arts 2013 and 2014) his artistic work merges interactive performance art and devised theatre. It tackles ethical topics in a thought-provoking yet comedic fashion, whilst maintaining emotional integrity of the subject.
Commissioned by Contact, Manchester and Manchester Science Festival in 2012, he wrote and performed ”What am I worth?”, an hour long piece on the science of transplantation, that sold out its run. The show wove 20hrs of sensitive real life testimonies with devised narrative. Feedback was extremely positive: “It is the professional expertise at the heart of the performance which helps build enough trust for people to openly discuss issues like this in a non-threatening and curiosity inspiring way” – External evaluating Consultant. The show http://vimeo.com/52919846. The post show discussion http://vimeo.com/52919847
After winning pitch party 2012 at the Lowry theatre, Salford, his sold-out, solo show “Pandamonium”
(http://kumaluva.com/current-project-pandamonium) the Lowry recruiting him as a “Developed with Lowry” artist.
At the end of 2013 he was assistant director for “Duck!” at Z-arts (nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award).
Currently, he is devising a brand new piece for Manchester Science Festival 2014 called Transmissions, that deals with the neuropsychiatry of addiction.
“You can get the Monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town.” Anne Lamott
Two addicts share their gospel in this heartwarming tale of social emancipation. Developed with The Lowry Studio and Manchester Science Festival, Transmissions is a new devised tragicomedy exploring addiction via testimonies from Salford’s communities and interviews with scientists and medical professionals.