Win tickets to ‘thought-provoking’ comedy exploring radicalisation

PUBLISHED: 09:06 04 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:06 04 October 2018

The guard and the prisoner of war in Bismillah!

The guard and the prisoner of war in Bismillah!


The tale of a prisoner of war and a guard in Northern Iraq explores the impact of racial and religious politics in a Theatre Shop production next week.

Bismillah! is an Isis tragic comedy about a young British prisoner of war from the north and a London-born young British Muslim boy who has defected to join the Islamic State.

Bismillah! is a powerful piece of theatre which tackles experiences of disenfranchised young people in Britain.

The show follows their time together as captive and guard, which has been described as ‘bold and thought-provoking’ by The Guardian.

The funny and heartbreaking production examines the impact of racial, social, economic and religious politics on youth in society.

It tackles huge contemporary issues from rising social tensions and the fall-out of interventionist foreign policies, to working in Wetherspoons and the ever-rising price of a standard meal deal.

Bismillah! was Wound Up Theatre company’s second piece which debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015.

The production, initially developed by Soho Theatre’s Young Writers Company, was written in response to the targeted radicalisation by extremist groups of disenfranchised young people in Britain.

Wound Up Theatre is an award-winning company established in 2013 to produce social and politically aware theatre, which discusses seismic issues.

Bismallah! Is performing at the Theatre Shop, in Queens Square, from October 10-11.

Tickets, priced £12, are available online at or by calling 03336 663366.

The Theatre Shop has teamed up with the Times to give readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show.

By entering the competition, you are agreeing to be contacted by Archant about it.

Usual Archant rules apply and the editor’s decision is final.

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