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10th October 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Dean joined the army, Danny joined the Islamic State. Bismillah! is their time together as captive and guard. Set in a basement in Northern Iraq, and described as ‘bold and thought-provoking’ by Mark Lawson in the Guardian, Bismillah! uses humour and compassion to approach an incredibly vital discussion around the experiences of disenfranchised young people in modern Britain.
This hilarious and heartbreaking production examines the impact of racial, social, economic and religious politics on youth in society. It’s a show which tackles huge contemporary issues: from rising social tensions and the fall out of interventionist foreign policies to working in Weatherspoon’s and the ever-rising price of a standard meal deal.
“One of the best shows I have ever seen… side-splitting and touching” ***** Broadway Baby
Initially developed by Soho Theatre’s Young Writers Company Bismillah! was written in response to the targeted radicalisation by extremist groups of disenfranchised young people in Britain. The play tells of the encounter between a young British prisoner of war from Leeds and a London born young British Muslim boy who, who has defected to join the Islamic State.
“ A black comedy of the highest order” ***** The Reviews Hub
The Edinburgh production in 2015 played to rave reviews, including 5 stars from Broadway Baby where the play was described as “probed informatively and with great sensitivity through the course of this dazzlingly intelligent script. Greenhough has clearly researched contemporary academic views on terrorism, so much so that the character of Danny should almost come with a citation to the work of political scientist Professor Louise Richardson. That is the intellectual level on which this show is operating… This is a fiercely intelligent, masterfully acted theatrical treat, which prompts tears of both laughter and sympathy.”
“A wonderfully sympathetic piece writing, brimming with insight, humour and humanity” **** The Stage
The show has subsequently enjoyed support and development from London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East since the Edinburgh debut. It has also been the subject of discussion and praise at Mock the Week – Comedy and the Politics of Representation, an academic conference in 2016 hosted by Teeside University, at which writer Matthew Greenhough was invited to speak.
“A powerful, deep and meaningful play that really makes you think… a fascinating piece of theatre.” **** LondonTheatre1
Age Guidance 16+