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30 May–24 June 2017

AIK Productions with Tara Arts


by Asif Khan

Directed by Nona Shepphard


BEST NEW PLAY & Male Performance in a Supporting Role for Mitesh Soni

Bradford, in the month of Ramadan. Latching on to the latest grooming scandal, racists plan to march through the city. Shaz, a local garage mechanic, desperately tries to keep his business running smoothly so he can save up and settle down. In this combustible atmosphere, his sister Samina is determined to make her voice heard…

Bradford-born Asif Khan is on the BBC New Talent Hotlist of writers. His debut play – a fabulously comic take on the combustion surrounding young British Muslim lives in the North of England today – was one of six scripts selected for the Arcola’s PlayWROUGHT festival in 2014. Now it receives a world premiere production from AIK (Love, Bombs and Apples).

★★★★ A brave, important and necessary play... If I were running the National, I’d pick up this play pronto to ensure it’s amplified further.
—The Telegraph
★★★★ [Asif Khan's] debut outing as a playwright is impressive, bringing clarity and humour to dark and difficult material.
—The Stage
★★★★ A triumph: a savagely funny, thought-provoking piece, which lingers long in the memory.
—The Peg
★★★★★ Pure magic
★★★★ Asif Khan will be familiar to London audiences primarily as an actor, but in Combustion, he proves to be as adept a playwright as a performer.
A vibrant portrait of Muslims grappling with what their faith means today
—Evening Standard
A delightfully entertaining, moving and uplifting story
—A Younger Theatre
Troubling, insightful and heart-warming ... The staging is exceptional ... A stunning performance from Shireen Farkhoy
—Everything Theatre


Beruce Khan


Mitesh Soni


Nigel Hastings


Shireen Farkhoy


Rez Kempton



Asif Khan


Nona Shepphard


Mila Sanders

Lighting Design

Andy Grange

Sound Design

James Hesford

Costume Supervision

Hilary Lewis

Voice Coach

Michaela Kennen

Fight Director

Renny Krupinski


Elin Morgan
Standard £17
Concession £14
Preview (30 May) £12

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Press night - 31 May
Post-show discussion - 15 June. With writer Asif Khan and company members.
Post-show discussion - 23 June. With writer Asif Khan and Myriam Francois (BBC broadcaster and SOAS academic), chaired by Yasmeen Khan (writer and broadcaster BBC and Talk Radio).

Supported by Philip and Christine Carne (The Carne Trust) and Arts Council England.

Running time: 105 minutes approximately (including interval).

This production contains:
Strong language

Suitable for 14+
24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646

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