Bismillah! (An Isis Tragicomedy)
24th Apr 2018 - 13th May 2018
Downstairs - Pleasance London
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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