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"Wonderfully sharp, poignant two-hander...the performances here are never less than enthralling"
Time Out

"A superb example of freewheeling storytelling...Constantly uplifting, occasionally hilarious..stylishly poetic and deeply felt... A brilliant piece of new writing." The Arts Desk ★★★★

"Hussain writes this passion-filled tale with lashings of humour as well as intense feeling... This is a superb example of new writing... a fitting tribute to this company’s good work." The Stage ★★★★

“Any presumption that Blood might simply be a British Asian reworking of Romeo and Juliet is quickly blown away in this immaculately written and precisely performed duologue that kept me absolutely gripped for 80 minutes" What's On Birmingham ★★★★

“Sparky performances of youthful intensity, swagger and sweetness… there’s a piquancy here, a tenderness and a rough-edged ardour that keep us hooked” The Times

“a beautifully crafted show… you instantly connected to [the] characters and this connection was never lost. Filled with twists and turns, it was a compelling piece of theatre” Love Midlands Theatre

“Brutal and comic... [an] intelligently sparse production... it is impossible not to warm to the performances of Krupa Pattani and Adam Samuel-Bal” The Guardian

“Krupa Pattani and Adam Samuel-Bal brilliantly capture the insecurity and passion of hopeful teenagers… warm, infectious and funny” Coventry Telegraph

"Fantastic combination of exemplary writing, performing and designing in one" A Younger Theatre

"Witty, dark, thrilling and tragic; Blood has all the elements of young amor expressed through a charismatic performance and beautifully written story" SOOBAX

“A fast-moving, funny and slick portrait of young love…Funny, touching and thrilling… beautifully played”
Bum On A Seat

“An absolute treat”
Behind the Arras

“Engaging to watch…endearing” Redbrick

The Stage: A great, in-depth interview with FinKennedy, Tamasha co-Artistic Director >

BBC Asian Network (scroll to 01:12:40): Writer Emteaz Hussain is interviewed by Sheetal Parmar >



A 21st century urban love story
Presented by Tamasha and The Belgrade Theatre Coventry
By Emteaz Hussain
Directed by Esther Richardson
Designed by Sara Perks

love ain't something you just say
just this word
it’s something you do

Caneze meets Sully in the college canteen. The heat rises over triple chilli sauce in Nando’s. She makes her move in the sweet smoke of a shisha bar. A touchpaper is lit… but neither of them bargained on the lengths to which her brother would go to keep them apart. Blood is a searing and heartfelt new play by the writer of Tamasha’s Sweet Cider.

Set among a Midlands Pakistani community, Blood is sparky, funny and heart-wrenchingly honest. A timely and contemporary story, this play cuts through political agendas and goes straight to the heart. It lets us into a world governed by links to family and clan, as much as fiercely individual wants and desires.

“After the 2011 riots, I felt frustrated over the myopic portrayal of working class young people. It was important to me to write a play which captured the complexity of their lives and the brave, sassy way they negotiate their identity in a wider context.”  Emteaz Hussain

Blood contains reference and possible depiction of violence and some swearing. Recommended for 14yrs+


2015 Tour dates

27 Mar - 11 Apr
The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

23 – 25 Apr
Nottingham Playhouse

28 Apr –16 May
Soho Theatre, London

19 – 23 May
Birmingham Repertory Theatre

29 May
The Studio, Bradford Theatres

1 - 2 Jun
Redbridge Drama Centre

5 - 6 Jun
Pegasus Theatre, Oxford

9 Jun
Bolton Octagon

11 –13 Jun
Tron Theatre, Glasgow

19 – 20 Jun
Derby Theatre

24 Jun
Luton Hat Factory

26 –27 Jun
Leicester Curve


Caneze Krupa Pattani
Sully Adam Samuel-Bal

Creative Team

Writer Emteaz Hussain
Director & Dramaturg
Esther Richardson

Designer Sara Perks
Composer & Sound Designer
Arun Ghosh

Lighting Designer Aideen Malone
TDA Assistant Director Ryan Harston
Movement Director Kitty Winter
Casting Director Nadine Rennie
TDA Observer Christa Harris

Cast and creative team biographies >

Production Team

Production Manager Dennis Charles
Stage Manager Laura Stevens
Stage Manager Jane Smith