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Bismillah! (An Isis Tragicomedy)

24th Apr 2018 - 13th May 2018

Downstairs - Pleasance London

8pm

Overview

Bismillah! (An Isis Tragicomedy)
Written by Matthew Greenhough

A STORY OF DISENFRANCHISEMENT, SOCIAL ALIENATION, PREJUDICE, RADICALISATION AND THE ROCK BAND QUEEN.

Dean joined the Army, 'Danny' joined the Islamic State. One’s from Leeds, the other's from London.

Brought together in a holding cell in Northern Iraq, as captive and volatile guard. They discuss the North/South divide, reminisce about dead-end jobs they couldn't escape, lampoon the outrageous ever increasing price of a standard airport meal deal - all the while circling an awful terrifying truth – that both of them just want to go home.

Fresh from critically acclaimed sell-out runs at the 2018 Vault Festival - and shortlisted for an Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award at Edinburgh in 2015, Bismillah! is a hilarious, heart-breaking and compassionate contribution to the vital discussion around the experiences of disenfranchised young people in modern Britain.

“Bold & Thought Provoking” (Mark Lawson, The Guardian)
★★★★★ "“Side-splitting & touching…One of the best shows I have ever seen” (BroadwayBaby)
★★★★★ "A black comedy of the highest order." (The Reviews Hub)
★★★★★ "Brilliantly acted, lots of funnies" (Hiive)
★★★★★ "A shining example of how theatre can educate, evoke empathy and open the minds of its audience on a complex and heart-breaking subject matter." (The Live Review)
★★★★ "a wonderfully sympathetic piece of writing, brimming with insight, humour and humanity." (The Stage)
★★★★ "Powerful, hilarious and gripping" (The List)
★★★★ " "a totally surprising piece of theatre... a wicked sense of humour... a powerful, deep and meaningful play that really makes you think." (LondonTheatre1)
“As far as compelling two handers go, Bismillah is, in my books, on par with Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle by Simon Stevens.” - (A Younger Theatre)

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Open/closeReviews and Quotations

"Side-splitting and touching...Bismillah! is one of the best shows I have ever seen at the Fringe or anywhere else"
5 stars
Broadway Baby
"This is a black comedy of the highest order."
5 stars
The Reviews Hub
"Brilliantly acted, lots of funnies"
5 stars
Hiive
"Bismillah! is a shining example of how theatre can educate, evoke empathy and open the minds of its audience on a complex and heartbreaking subject matter."
5 stars
The Live Review
"a wonderfully sympathetic piece of writing, brimming with insight, humour and humanity."
4 stars
The Stage
"This really is a powerful, deep and meaningful play that really makes you think."
4 stars
LondonTheatre1
"Never before have I been gripped so much in 75 minutes watching a conversation between two people than I have seeing this show."
4 stars
My Theatre Mates
"awe-inspiring dialogue"
4 stars
The Upcoming
"extremely entertaining, subversive and most importantly opens up conversation."
4 stars
Arthur's Seat
"Powerful, hilarious and gripping."
4 stars
The List
“As far as compelling two handers go, Bismillah is, in my books, on par with Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle by Simon Stevens.”
stars
A Younger Theatre
laugh-out-loud comedy and some very distressing truths
stars
I Watch Plays and Stuff
Designed purely to explore the shared humanity in men who exist in different worlds and in this it is highly successful.
stars
The Plays The Thing UK
The jokes are side-splittingly funny
stars
The Mortal Fool
Matthew Greenhough and Elliot Liburd give a riveting performance.
stars
British Theatre Guide

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