Very punchy and dark in its fantastic humour, Abdulrazzak’s script raises many of the sore global political issues facing our time. Being a distinguished award-winning playwright, this time he effortlessly engages the audience with the very different stories of four male characters living in various parts of the world, but whom are all connected by an interesting philosophic thread.
Love, Bombs and Apples (Theatre): A hilarious and poignant new play from award-winning playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak (Baghdad Wedding, The Prophet) – a tale of four men, each from different parts of the globe, all experiencing a moment of revelation. A Palestinian actor learns there is more to English girls than pure sex appeal. A Pakistani-born terror suspect figures out what is wrong with his first novel. A British youth suspects all is not what it seems with his object of desire.
Speaking to Nahla Ink, Hannah Khalil gives an in-depth interview about the inspiration behind her latest theatrical creation, her hopes for the play, the choice of cast, intended audience and the use of that signature black humour in tackling the very complex story of Palestine and its people.
Scenes From 68 Years (Theatre): An epic snapshot of life in Palestine, then and now. Palestinian-Irish playwright Hannah Khalil draws on stories from family and friends’ lives to paint this alternative picture – one rarely glimpsed in mainstream media and told with typical Palestinian black humour.
The Singing Stones: Directed by Kay Adshead, 'The Singing Stones' is a triad of short plays, each offering a poetic, fearless and sometimes funny exploration of women and the Arab revolutions. From the heroines of Tahrir Square to the female fighting forces defending the borders of Kurdistan, from the women who snitched on Gaddafi to a band of quarrelling artists struggling to invent a future female revolutionary icon. Taking place from 4-28 February, 2015 at the Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL.
Love, Bombs and Apples: For one night only, Hassan Abdulrazzak's new comic tale of four men from different parts of the globe experiencing a moment of revelation. A Palestinian actor learns there’s more to English girls than pure sex appeal. A Pakistani-born terror suspect figures out what’s wrong with his first novel. A London youth suspects all is not what it seems with his object of desire. A New Yorker asks his girlfriend for a sexual favour at the worst possible time.
The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes (Theatre Play): Starring Nabil Elouahabi, a black comedy based on a short story by Hassan Blasim about an Iraqi refugee, Salim, who comes to London in search of his dream, taking on a new identity and marrying a wealthy older woman who coaches him in the bedroom for a citizen's test.
PlayWrought #2: A week-long celebration of new ideas, new voices and new writing, PlayWROUGHT #2 will see six exciting new plays from writers of Middle Eastern, Asian and North African heritage premier as a series of rehearsed readings at The Arcola Theatre, from 7-12 July, 2014. PlayWrought #2 is being presented to also coincide with a forthcoming production, The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes by Rashid Razaq and directed by Nicolas Kent. These playwrights will go on to be founding members of Arcola’s Middle Eastern, Asian and North African writers group.