Love, Bombs & Apples

By Hassan Abdulrazzak

 

Palestine. Pakistan. Bradford. New York.

A comic tale.

Four men experience a moment of revelation.

Company: AIK Productions & Turtle Key Arts

Director: Rosamunde Hutt

Designer: Mila Sanders

Sound: James Hesford

Lighting: Charlie Lucas

Voice Coach: Richard Ryder

Cast: Asif Khan

 

 

 

Supported by The Richard Carne Trust & The Iraqi Cultural Centre

2019

March 2019 (20th & 21st) at THE KENNEDY CENTER, WASHINGTON DC (http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/XTWSA).

2018

US DEBUT at the POTRERO STAGE in SAN FRANCISCO (GoldenThread.org) & UK: 

Hat Factory Arts Centre, Luton

WED 28 MARCH 7.30PM

01582 878 100

lutonculture.com

 

The Lowry, Salford Quays

FRI 30 MARCH 8PM

0161 208 6010

thelowry.com/drama

Potrero Stage (1695 18th Street, San Francisco, USA)

APRIL 19 to MAY 6

www.goldenthread.org/2018-season/

 

Chats Palace, London

FRI 11 & SAT 12 MAY 8PM

020 8533 0227

chatspalace.com

 

Old Fire Station, Oxford

TUE 15 MAY 7.30PM

01865 263 990

oldfirestation.org.uk

 

artsdepot, London

THU 17 MAY 7.30PM

020 8369 5454

artsdepot.co.uk

 

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

MON 21 & TUE 22 MAY 7.45PM

024 7652 4524

warwickartscentre.co.uk

 

Lighthouse Poole

FRI 25 MAY 8PM

01202 280000

lighthousepoole.co.uk

 

Oldham Library, Live@thelibrary

TUE 29 MAY 7PM

0161 770 8000

oldham.gov.uk/liveatthelibrary

 

2017

The EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL, August 2nd-27th, as part of ARAB ARTS FOCUS.

2016

TOUR DATES:

 

10th & 11th May

Northern Stage,

Newcastle

 

13th & 14th May

Mercury Theatre,

Colchester

 

17th & 18th May

Printers Playhouse,

Eastbourne

 

19th & 20th May

Attenborough Arts Centre,

Leicester

 

25th & 26th May

Cast,

Doncaster

 

31st May - 25th June,

Arcola Theatre,

London

 

29th & 30th June

York Theatre Royal

 

1st & 2nd July

Theatre in the Mill,

Bradford

 

11th - 13th July

The Coliseum

Oldham

 

16th July

The Kinara Festival

Nelson

21st & 22nd July

Arabica Festival,

Liverpool

2015

Premiere, July

Arcola Theatre

Shubbak Festival

 

 

 

A Palestinian actor learns there’s more to English girls than pure sex appeal.

A Pakistani-born terror suspect figures out what’s 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.

Love, Bombs & Apples is the comic tale of four men, each from different parts of the globe, all experiencing a moment of revelation.

 

WINNER of OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION at Theatre Bay Area Awards 2018 (US Debut).

Nominated as a finalist for BEST STAGE PRODUCTION at the ASIAN MEDIA AWARDS 2016.

Nominated as a finalist for BEST STAGE PRODUCTION at EASTERN EYE ARTS, CULTURE & THEATRE AWARDS 2017.

Long-listed for an Amnesty Freedom Of Expression Award 2017.

★★★★ A Younger Theatre

★★★★     The Stage

★★★★     LondonTheatre1

★★★★     Islington Gazette

★★★★     Carole Woddis

★★★★     The Scotsman

★★★★     Commonspace

★★★★     Fest Mag

★★★★     Ed Festival Mag

★★★★     Fringe Guru

★★★★     Reviews Hub

★★★★     Manchester Theatre Awards

★★★★     For All Events San Francisco

First performed at the Arcola Theatre as part of the Shubbak Festival 2015

Photos by Mila Sanders

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"Bubbling humour….Quartet of monologues with a profound ability to find humour in the most over-trodden tragedies"
—The Stage

"Searingly satirical…brilliantly observed"
—LondonTheatre1

"Powerful, political theatre ... Laugh-out-loud moments ... Chris Morris' hilarious film, Four Lions, sprung to mind"
—Islington 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 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 Theatre1

"Abdulrazzak's captivating tales hook an audience from start to finish"
—A Younger Theatre

"Abdulrazzak has a talent for turning something comic into a political minefield. . . . The audience can consider government policies, and world politics, because they’ve been so well-absorbed by the absurdly personal anecdotes. And thanks to Khan’s unflagging performance, the lessons at hand never seem didactic or dull. He makes them feel real, a part of certain oppressed people’s everyday lives." —SF Weekly, San Francisco

"Four breathtaking monologues in a dramatic tour-de-force . . . Watching Asif Khan's riveting portrayals of four deeply conflicted men is like sitting beside a world-class musician who has mastered the pacing and technique required by a demanding and complex piece of music. Abdulrazzak's characters come to life with a breathtaking urgency in Khan's hands." —My Cultural Landscape, San Francisco

"Beautifully encapsulates a dilemma that’s complex, hilarious, and utterly believable . . . Directed by Rosamunde Hutt with careful attention to varied moods and nuances, Abdulrazzak’s monologues form a rich and seamless whole. " —Jean Schiffman, SF Examiner

"A provocative and hilarious solo show . . . Iraqi-British playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak brilliantly wrings comedy from the idiosyncratic obsessions of four very different young men as their lives intersect with the tragic state of the world around them." —Sam Hurwitt, Mercury News, San Francisco

"A tour- de-force staging of four satiric agitprop monologues"
—Kedar Adour, TheatreWorld, San Francisco

''The impressive actor essaying these roles is Asif Khan, presenting a tour de force that guarantees him as a name to watch out for. Flitting from one character to another is no easy feat, especially when their personalities are as different as their accents here''

-Shai Hussain 

''Asif Khan’s powerhouse performance''

-Hackney Gazette

"Performed by Khan with a fervour that does not falter to his last line"

-Yasmina Allouche,  MEMO

"Khan engrosses us in the diverse stories of the four characters, switching between accents and personalities competently, whilst performing each story flawlessly…"

Holly O’Mahony, A Younger Theatre

 

"He was sometimes unrecognisable when he transitioned between the characters…He managed to combine the energy of stand-up with the naturalism of theatre and even the more unlikable characters he portrayed were compelling. Not only did Khan master all four roles but he also conveyed a real sense of the minor characters in each tale"

-Simon Fearn, Cuckoo Review

''As performed by Asif Khan in a one-man show lucidly directed by Rosamunde Hutt, the playlets have a charm that comes from the actor’s ability to be completely convincing. Khan does everything you’d expect, jumping from one personality and one accent to the others, and he does it all beautifully'' 

-Aleks Sierz

"Perhaps what is most extraordinary in this exploration of the ordinary is the performance of the only actor Asif Khan, who jumps between scenes and characters with such ease and deftness…In each story every character was so unambiguously defined and appeared so complete it was hard to imagine that Khan and director Rosamunde Hutt had spent anything less than a lifetime defining each mannerism, trait, and quirk…the subtleties of Abdulrazzak’s play in the hands of a lesser actor would have been completely lost, as a script that deals in the nitty-gritties of the ordinary is necessarily reliant on a truly exceptional performance to lift quotidian mundanity into something so compellingly watchable"

–Neil Cheesman, London Theatre1

"Khan’s acting talent is indisputable – he almost literally became three very different characters, who all feature in a longer show acclaimed on its earlier run at Arcola Theatre in London. He was so convincing in each case that when I spotted him in the courtyard after the show, I could not guess who this man actually is, or what his accent might really be"

-Catherine Meek, Fringe Guru