I Call My Brothers

Jonas Hassen Khemiri

Directed by: Yael Shavit

A car has exploded. A city has been crippled by fear. Amor wanders the city, doing his best to blend in. He must not attract any suspicious glances. But what is normal behaviour? And who is a potential perpetrator?

Over twenty-four hours, Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s explosive play explores where the lines between criminal and victim, and fantasy and reality, blur.

Part of VOLTA International Festival

Jonas Hassen Khemiri is one of the most important writers of his generation in Sweden. His six plays have been performed by over fifty international companies on stages from Stockholm to Berlin and New York to London. He was awarded a Village Voice Obie Award for his first play Invasion!, which premiered in New York in 2011. The second play God Times Five toured Sweden and the third play We Are A Hundred received the Hedda Award for best play in Norway. Khemiri’s most recent play ≈[Almost Equal To] premiered at Dramaten in Stockholm in October 2014.  He attended the Royal Court International Residency in 2006. In 2012, following a terrorist bombing in central Stockholm, Khemiri published the powerful short novel I Call My Brothers to great critical acclaim. In 2013, Khemiri’s open letter to the Swedish Minister of Justice in response to the controversial immigration project REVA, rapidly became one of the most shared articles on social media in Swedish history. The article was later translated into over a dozen languages and published in newspapers around the world, including The New York Times.

Yael Shavit is a recipient of the Jerwood Directors Award.  Recent credits include Mouth Open Story Jump Out by Polarbear (Unicorn), Until You Hear That Bell by Sean Mahoney (BAC/ The Place), Run by Cloud of Foxes (Roundhouse) and Conversations She Never Had With Her Father by Warsan Shire for Ear Films. Yael teaches and directs at Central and at RADA.

Supported by

3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 September at 7.30pm
15, 16, 17, 18, 19 September at 7pm

8 September – Pay What You Can Tuesday (tickets in person from 6pm – limited and subject to availability)
Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport

Running time: 90 minutes approximately (no interval).
Performed in English.