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Why would a retired teacher take a young Muslim man hostage in her living room?

In this timely political thriller from Naylah Ahmed (winner of the Bruntwood prize for playwriting), an innocent encounter soon develops into a dangerous game of hide and seek with the truth.

Regret and loss collide with fear and paranoia in this powerful new play for our times. When reality is distorted by ‘alternative facts’, is the enemy concealed – or to be found closer to home?

Kali Theatre has been presenting groundbreaking new plays by South Asian women for over 20 years. New Artistic Director Helena Bell directs this sharp, thought-provoking drama, arriving in London as part of a UK tour.

An ambitious black comedy which thrives in its darker moments… Joan Blackham is superb
—The Independent
An intelligent script
Recommended Show: Ahmed’s neat inversion of terrorist tropes is inspired
—Fringe Review
Naylah Ahmed hauntingly encapsulates the fear inherent within the UK
—Theatre Full Stop
Naylah Ahmed has packed this play with ideas not just about the clash of civilizations but about motherhood, guilt, teaching and more.
—Everything Theatre


Joan Blackham
Adam Karim
Natasha Rickman


Naylah Ahmed


Helena Bell


Sophia Lovell Smith & Rajha Shakiry

Lighting Design

Katharine Williams

Video Design

Daniel Denton

Sound Design

Chris Drohan


Judy Lipsey

A production by Kali Theatre.


Standard £17
Concession £14
Opening performance (11 April) £12

Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday at 8pm.
Saturday matinees at 3.30pm.
No performances Sunday.

Contains strong language and scenes of a disturbing nature. If you would like any further information, please contact the box office on 0207 503 1646 (Monday – Saturday 12.30pm – 6pm).

Preview pricing: 11 April
Press night: 12 April
Supporters' social: 24 April

Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »
Group /school rates (for 10+ people) available. Contact Box Office »

Running time: 125 minutes approximately (including interval).

This production contains:
Strong language
Suitable for 14+