Bismillah! An Isis Tragicomedy at Vault Festival
Tuesday 27 February 2018
Comedy - Festivals - Shows
Wound Up Theatre's Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy debuts at Vault Festival this week, with a post-show talk after the performance on 28 February.
Image: Wound Up Theatre
Matthew Greenhough's Bismillah! stormed the Fringe during its critically acclaimed run at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival.
It was listed for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and was endorsed by Nihal Arthanayake on the BBC Asian Network.
Since its Fringe run, the show has been in development with Sevan Greene at London's Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Now it's heading to Vault Festival from 28 February to 4 March, a run that marks the show's London debut.
A hilarious and heartbreaking production, it 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 Weatherspoons and the ever-rising price of a standard meal deal!!
The show is presented by Wound Up Theatre, joined by award-Winning producer Sofi Berenger, and is directed by Jonny Kelly.
Wound Up produce social and politically aware theatre, which discusses seismic issues, through comedy - facilitating discussions and challenging ideas.
The company's first play, Delusions of Adequacy, explored youth unemployment, and #VILE: The Untimely Demise of a Manufactured Pop Star, exploring the impact of celebrity culture and social media on mental health in working class Northern Communities.
Straight after the performance on Wed 28 Feb, there will be a 30 minute talk in which Dr Sarah Ilott discusses ways in which comedy works to take the terror out of terrorism by opening up a topic often discussed only in panicked and hyperbolic terms by the mainstream press.
Sarah considers how addressing social taboos - around terrorism and Islamophobia - enables comedies to challenge stereotypes, laugh off fears, and create new communities based on shared laughter at flawed systems.
Sarah discusses Bismillah! alongside other recent film and TV comedies that represent Muslims in subversive ways, before interviewing Matthew Greenhough about some of the research he did and decisions he made as a playwright.
Sarah is a lecturer in literature and film at Manchester Metropolitan University.
She is the author of New Postcolonial British Genres and the editor (with Dr Helen Davies) of a forthcoming collection on Comedy and the Politics of Representation.
She has published widely in the area of comedy studies, both in academic publications and in The Conversation.
Dean joined the army, Danny joined the Islamic State.
Bismillah! is their time together as captive and guard.
Set in 2015 in a basement in Northern Iraq, 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 Weatherspoons and the ever- rising price of a standard meal deal.
Author: Matthew Greenhough
Director: Jonny Kelly
Production: Wound Up Theatre
From: Wednesday 28 February 2018
Closed: Sunday 4 March 2018
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