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31 May–25 June 2016

AIK Productions & Turtle Key Arts

Love, Bombs & Apples

by Hassan Abdulrazzak

Directed by Rosamunde Hutt

Love, Bombs & Apples is the hilarious and poignant new play from award-winning playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak (Baghdad Wedding, The Prophet) – a tale of four men, each from different parts of the globe, all experiencing a moment of revelation.

A Palestinian actor learns there is more to English girls than pure sex appeal. A Pakistani-born terror suspect figures out what is wrong with his first novel. A British youth suspects all is not what it seems with his object of desire. A New Yorker asks his girlfriend for a sexual favour at the worst possible time.

Following a sold-out first run at Arcola last year, Asif Khan returns to play all four roles.

Accompanying events

  • Post-show Q&As with performer Asif Khan, director Rosamunde Hutt and writer Hassan Abdulrazzak. Fri 3rd, Sat 4th, Mon 6th, Tue 7th, Mon 13th, Wed 15th, Tue 21st (without Hassan), Fri 24th June.
  • Pre-show discussion: “Theatre of resistance”, with Jonathan Chadwick (theatre director) and Hassan Abdulrazzak (writer). Wednesday 8 June, 6:30pm – 7:15pm.
  • Pre-show discussion: “Can we laugh at ISIS?”, with Ziauddin Sardar (Muslim intellectual and writer) and Myriam Francois-Cerrah (writer and broadcaster). Wednesday 15 June, 6:30pm – 7:15pm.
  • Pre-show discussion: “Is building a wall the only way?”, with Rachel Shabi (journalist). Wednesday 22 June, 6:30pm – 7:15pm.
★★★★ Bubbling humour….Quartet of monologues with a profound ability to find humour in the most over-trodden tragedies
—The Stage
★★★★ Searingly satirical…brilliantly observed
★★★★ Powerful, political theatre ... Laugh-out-loud moments ... Chris Morris' hilarious film, Four Lions, sprung to mind
—Hackney Gazette
★★★★ Invigorating…inspiring…exhilarating…Rosamunde Hutt’s economic, elegant single- room production transports us effortlessly to each milieu, as does Khan’s extraordinary gift for transformation
—Carole Woddis
A truly exceptional performance. ... A script that deals in the nitty-gritties of the ordinary with searingly satirical candour and idiosyncratic quirks and foibles of each brilliantly observed character.
—London Theatre
Abdulrazzak's captivating tales hook an audience from start to finish
—A Younger Theatre


Asif Khan


Hassan Abdulrazzak


Rosamunde Hutt


Mila Sanders

Lighting Designer

Charlie Lucas


James Hesford

Voice Coach

Richard Ryder
Standard £17
Concession £14
Opening performances (31 May - 3 June) £12

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Nightly at 8pm. Saturday matinees at 3.30pm. No performances Sunday.

Running time: 90 minutes approximately .

This production contains:

Suitable for 16+

Press enquiries: Anjna Raheja —

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020 7503 1646

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