Photo credit: Bettina Adela

 

Creative Team

Written by Nyla Levy
Director Mingyu Lin
Design Consultant Moi Tran
Lighting Designer Tanya Stephenson
Sound Designer Conrad Kira
Movement Director Rachael Nanyonjo
Dramaturg Sudha Bhuchar
Design Assistant Erin Guan
Trainee Assistant Director Tian Brown-Sampson
Costume Assistant Ndea Lawrence
 

Cast 

Halema Hussain Aisha
Nyla Levy Yasmin
Eleanor Williams Morgan / Actor 3

Production Team

Production Stage Manager Miranda Paraskeva

 

Running time: approximately 80 minutes
Age guidance 14+ (contains strong language)

 


 

 

Tamasha and Nyla Levy Present

 

 

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

by Nyla Levy | Directed by Mingyu Lin

Yasmin Sheikh feels torn in the city she used to call home, but Aisha sees a different London to her best friend. When Yasmin suddenly disappears to Syria, Aisha embarks on a mission to uncover the truth and decide whether there is any hope in Yasmin’s new-found world.

With fierce wit and disarming honesty, Does My Bomb Look Big in This? cleverly unveils a human story behind the headlines and questions how close or far we are from multicultural harmony.

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First conceived in 2016 after being cast in roles as a ‘jihadi bride’ or ‘terrorist girlfriend’ and generally dissatisfied with the narrative being told, Nyla Levy ran research workshops with school children and interviewed Muslim community leaders as well as terrorism defence solicitor Tasnime Akunjee. The result voices the complexities of the choices made by disaffected youth, their vulnerability, and how the decisions made can change lives, communities and countries forever. 

Nyla Levy in The Observer 'I pieced together what I knew of girls who have gone to Syria'

'Does My Bomb Look Big In This? playwright Nyla Levy on exploring the grooming of Western schoolgirls by Isis in The i Paper

Audience feedback from R&D

"Strong, very honest, disarming, real & fresh voice" - Lyric Hammersmith

"The script is phenomenal - sharp, funny & deeply moving. I was absolutely spellbound by the performances and entire production." - Audience Feedback

"REMARKABLE. Lean, energetic and phenomenally important writing performed by a glorious team of three talented actors entirely in tune with one another." - Audience Feedback

 "The storytelling was powerful - incredibly compelling. The humour, the rage/frustration, incredibly relatable." - Audience Feedback

"Raw and captivating" - Redbridge Drama Centre

"I want all my pupils to see this, those with parents in the EDL, and those at risk of radicalisation" - Kim Head, Head of Avenue Centre Luton (education centre for excluded children)

 

Supported by:

Amal (a Saïd Foundation programme)

Royal Victoria Hall Foundation

With special thanks to Ben Adler, Mitch Polley, Subi & Simon North, Al & Dags Polley, Ben Bardon, Irvine Naqvi, Fadia Qaraman, Zaynab Zangie, Natalie Abizadeh, and Samir A, for donating via Indiegogo.

2019 Tour

 

30 Apr - 4 May
Tara Arts 
London SW18
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14 May
Avenue Centre, Luton
Luton LU1

15 May
Whitefield School, Barnet
London NW2

16 May
South Street
Reading RG1
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17 May
Elstree UTC
Borehamwood, WD6
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21 May - 8 June
Soho Theatre
London W1D
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10 June
The Compton School, North Finchley
London N12

11 June
Luton Libraries
Luton LU1
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12 June
Goldaming School
Surrey

13 June
Darwen Vale High School
Darwen, BB3

14 June
Chorlton High School
Manchester, M21