Aslam Abdus-samad

Conceived through tired eyes, I Can’t Sleep is an interdisciplinary solo performance entwining autobiographical stories and folklore to examine sleeplessness. From monsters under the bed to anxiety – what is keeping you up during the witching hour? Escape your slumber for a dreamy performance.


Created and performed by Aslam Abdus-samad


Aslam Abdus-Samad is an actor, performance maker and writer. He holds a BA in Applied Theatre and a P. Grad Dip in Performance Creation. He maintains a practice as a physical theatre performer throughout Australia and Internationally.

He completed a 6 month internship with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, the Physical Theatre Program with Stella Adler Studio (NYC) and a training residency with IUGTE (Italy). He has completed actor training with NIDA, taught film in South Korea, managed the schools program with the Australian Theatre of the Deaf, taught drama in Singapore, trained in comedy improvisation in Spain and continues performing throughout Australia and abroad. Aslam is currently devising work with Milkcrate Theatre, The Q Theatre and Sydney Opera House.

Image Credits:Christina Mishell  

Brand X acknowledges the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation and pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge that East Sydney Community and Arts Centre (ESCAC) is on unceded land. Always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

The Flying Nun by Brand X presents:

I Can’t Sleep | By Aslam Abdus-samad

Filmed on (18 March 2023) in front of a live audience at the East Sydney Community and Arts Centre, Darlinghurst.

Show Credits

  • Written and Performed by Aslam Abdus-samad
  • Sound Design by Prema Yin
  • Lighting Design by Aslam Abdus-samad
  • Sound & Lighting Operator: David Molloy
  • AV Design by David Molloy
  • Music credits: N/A


Video Credits

Filmed and Edited by David Cook

Brand X Staff 2024:

  • James Winter - Director
  • Sam Johnson - Operations Manager
  • Tara Morelos - Executive Administrator
  • Chris Davis - ESCAC Coordinator
  • Aesha Henderson - Program Manager
  • Ian Sinclair - Program Coordinator
  • Charlotte Otton - Program Administrator
  • Fiona Boidi - Marketing Manager
  • Sophie Davis - Marketing Coordinator
  • Douglas Walker - Facilities Manager
  • John Palmeri - Facilities Coordinator
  • Jamie Exworth - Theatre Technician
  • Jess Smallwood Audio - Technician
  • Iris Higginbotham - Technician
  • Johannes Muljana - IT Manager

Board of Management:

  • Dale Hollingsworth – Chair
  • John Hughes – Treasurer
  • Clara Klemski - Secretary
  • Rebecca Angel
  • Jodie Wainwright
  • Access and Inclusion Advisory Panel:
  • Dan Graham - Chair
  • Amy Claire Mills
  • Gayle Kennedy
  • Eugenie Lee
  • Dean Nash
  • Danni Wright

Brand X is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, and the City of Sydney 


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