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 TBC
Dialect Coach TBC
Design Assistant Erin Guan
Costume Assistant Ndea Lawrence


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.


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 changes lives, communities and countries forever. 

Audience feedback from scratch performances 

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

"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)

"It was an incredibly accurate representation. Spot on. For me it was deeply moving" - Tasnime Akunjee, Terrorism Defence Lawyer  

2019 Tour


30 Apr - 4 May
Tara Arts 
London SW18
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16 May
South Street
Reading RG1
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21 May - 8 June
Soho Theatre
London W1D
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11 June
Luton Libraries
Luton LU1
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More dates and locations to come...