Read some of what the critics had to say about the 2012 Tour of Snookered
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"Gripping new play... sharply directed ... impressively sharp and fine-tuned dialogue.. [the cast] play it for real and keep up the tension throughout. Tamasha is Urdu for commotion, creating a stir, and the company is certainly doing that here."
**** Whats On Stage
“A belter ... Remarkably enjoyable, sharply-written drama with strong stagecraft and brilliant dialogue ... Terrific characterisation and wonderful black humour: jokey, blokey, aggressive and funny, then darker and harder by turns.”
Oldham Evening Chronicle
"The most accomplished and assured first play I have seen for years."
***** The Independent
“A powerful and satisfying drama”
**** The Scotsman
“Incredibly well-written play about growing up, growing apart and the complex, evolving notions of masculinity.” **** Spoonfed (Naima Khan)
This is a strong ensemble in a genuinely eye-opening play ... Highly promising first full-length play, presented by the Tamasha company, which specialises in Asian theatre ... Snookered memorably captures the confusion of young men who find themselves caught between two cultures.
**** Telegraph (Charles Spencer )
“The lively, expletive-riddled dialogue offers a refreshingly unhackneyed vision of young British Asian Males who find themselves 'snookered' in their varying attempts to reconcile conflicting cultural expectations ... Iqbal Khan's well-orchestrated and engagingly played production is worth catching.”
“Snookered is a gem of a play. Expertly crafted dialogue, a subversive thematic structure and some of the strongest acting I've seen this year. Luxuriate in its simplicity and trust that Din is able to subvert that as well. Go and see it.
**** One Stop Arts
*** Whats On Stage
“a sharp, contemporary piece….Ishy Din, whose work has been developed thanks to theatre company Tamasha, is a fresh and passionate voice.”
*** Evening Standard (Henry Hitchings)
“Din, a minicab driver of 20 years, shows remarkable technical accomplishment” or “[Ishy Din] shows remarkable technical accomplishment”
*** Time Out (Matt Trueman)
“Din’s characters feel so real that you can imagine bumping into them on your next visit to the pub.”
*** officiallondontheatre.co.uk (SOLT)
“a smart new piece filled with acutely observed dialogue and well managed tension ... commanding performances, ideas to spare and some fantastic swearing ... As the first part of a planned trilogy about the experiences of British Pakistani men across three generations it builds considerable anticipation for the second.”
*** Exuent Magazine
“Storming debut play ... A humorous and perceptive look at masculine identity by new talent Ishy Din ... Din explores the emotions of his different characters with a mix of acute perception and a real depth of understanding.
*** The Arts Desk
“Din has taken a stock situation, a friends' annual reunion, and reinvigorated it through sport and social commentary.”
*** Michael Billington, Guardian
“a play with a big, vigorous heart ... a raw, passionate drama standing up for a maligned, neglected minority.”
*** Daily Mail (Patrick Marmion)
“There’s crackling dialogue and spiky comedy in Ishy Din’s new play about young British Muslim men ... Din writes with zest, honesty and sympathy about the complexity of real lives in modern Britain.”
“Iqbal Khan’s staging (co-produced with Tamasha theatre company and Oldham Coliseum Theatre) is fresh and funny, but keeps an edge of menace throughout.”
*** Financial Times (Sarah Hemming)
“This important new play challenges and explodes assumed stereotypes, refusing to go down the familiar road of simple binary opposition between British Muslims and the rest , ignoring the British media’s obsessions with the war on terror and potential terrorism “
Play to see.com
“Very adult coming-of-age story, which is dripping with wit and tightly plotted.”
Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle
“Opens up a pack of intriguing ideas and memorable exchanges. This highly promising first play from Oldham cab driver turned writer Ishy Din comes over like a Muslim northerners version of The Big Chill”
*** The Times
Ishy Din reveals a good ear for lively dialogue in his first full-length play for Tamasha
“Snookered presents a reality that rings truer than tabloid headlines.”
South Asian Lit Fest
“excellent production by Tamasha theatre company ... Gets the dynamics, hidden politics and unspoken rules of a group of friends exactly right ... Snookered is as witty as it is ambitious in exploring the crisis of masculinity, identity and bonds experienced by British Asians." “This innovative theatre company have, as Shaf says, got it "spot on."
“Neatly directed by Iqbal Khan, this short, snappy drama from Tamasha theatre company shoots through at 95 minutes without an interval ... Din’s lively premiere tells a tale of guilt, obligation, frustrated dreams and coconuts, challenging any potential preconceptions or generalisations about Pakistani culture along the way. Frankly, it makes a bloody nice change to have young Muslim men represented on stage in something other than the stock orange uniforms.”