Multicultural Australia Cultural Support Worker, Masood Ehsan, was the Pashto Language Consultant for First Casualty, a theatre production set in 2011 about Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.

For Masood, it was a chance for Pashto language and culture to be accurately portrayed.

“I helped the team pronounce Pashto words correctly and gave them advice on how Pashto people would greet each other, eat food and act when they’re with friends.”

He also loved getting a taste of the arts.

“It was a great experience. I really enjoyed attending the opening and I was surprised when they called out my name and thanked me for my work.”

First Casualty ran from 21 November to 10 December 2022 at Queensland Theatre.