‘Bismillah means like…in the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful…kind of…it means more than that: Its basically the essence of the whole Qur’an, and he shouldn’t be using it in some stupid song.’
‘…Well you boys round here aren’t doin’ a great job of living up to its mantra are ya?!’
Dean joined the army, Danny joined the Islamic State.
Bismillah! is their time together as captive and guard. Set in a basement in Northern Iraq Bismillah! uses humour and compassion to approach an incredibly vital discussion around the experiences of disenfranchised young people in modern Britain.
This hilarious and heartbreaking production examines the impact of racial, social, economic and religious politics on youth in society. It's a show which tackles huge contemporary issues: from rising social tensions and the fall out of interventionist foreign policies to working in Wetherspoon's and the ever-rising price of a standard meal deal.
***** “This is a black comedy of the highest order.” - The Reviews Hub
***** “Bismillah! is a shining example of how theatre can educate, evoke empathy and open the minds of its audience on a complex and heartbreaking subject matter.” - The Live Review