LOVE, BOMBS & APPLES IS THE NEW PLAY BY AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT HASSAN ABDULRAZZAK, A ONE MAN SHOW PERFORMED BY ASIF KHAN. IT'S THE COMIC TALE OF FOUR MEN, FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE GLOBE, EXPERIENCING A MOMENT OF REVELATION.
“A lesson in how to stage powerful, political theatre.” Islington Gazette
Hassan Abdulrazzak is of Iraqi origin, born in Prague and living in London. His first play Baghdad Wedding, was staged at Soho Theatre in 2007 to great acclaim. It went on to have productions in Australia and India and was also broadcast on BBC radio 3. His comic monologue play Love, Bombs and Apples was selected from 114 scripts to be part of the PlayWROUGHT3 festival and was premiered at the Arcola Theatre in July 2015 as part of the Shubbak festival.
Love, Bombs & Apples is brilliantly performed by Asif Khan who trained at The Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art (RADA), where he won a Laurence Olivier Bursary Award.
“A truly exceptional performance.” London Theatre 1
“the kind of theatre that gives one hope, in ninety exhilarating minutes, Abdulrazzak’s writing bursts with originality and freshness.” Reviewsgate
“Quartet of monologues with a profound ability to find humour in the most over-trodden tragedies” The Stage
"what makes the play so powerful is how plausible these stories are." Hackney Gazette
“With its sharp script and precision performance, Love, Bombs & Apples is an entertaining one-man show guaranteed to make you chuckle.” Aisiana TV
“The spectacular one-man show wowed audiences.” Asian News
“on-the-edge comedy” A Younger Theatre
“political undertones and masked in humour” Middle East Monitor
As part of the summer 2016 run at The Arcola there were several pre-show conversation debates, hosted by the author Hassan Abdulrazzak and joined by guests from the worlds of theatre, literature, politics and journalism.
The following is a POD Cast from one of the debates asking "Is it OK to laugh as ISIS?"
PAUL BLEZARD (CHAIRMAN) Hassan Abdulrazzak (writer) Ziauddin Sardar (Muslim intellectual and writer) & salman siddiqi (theatre producer)
LOVE IN THE TIME OF BARRIERS
Emad is a Palestinian actor playing Hamlet at AlKasba theatre. On the opening night, he meets a beautiful English girl. But he can't take her to his parents house to have sex and none of his mates are wiling to lend him their apartments. So he ends up taking her to the security barrier, thinking it would be quiet as no one goes there at night. And that's when the couple come under the search lights of Israeli soldiers.
Sajid is a Pakistani born aspiring writer. He pens what he thinks will be the definitive post 9/11 novel which he sends to all the publishers and critics in Britain. But when the police arrive at his home with their sniffer dogs he begins to realise that not everyone is convinced his novel is a work of fiction.
A Bradford youth is in love with the Mac store at Westfield. His object of desire is the iPhone yet he suspects that Westfield was built to pacify Asian youth like himself, stopping him and others from going over to Syria for jihad. But doesn't the iPhone have a lot in common with ISIS?
Isaac is in love with Sarah but things are going sour between them. She is a pro-Palestinian activist and his father fights tooth and nail for Israel. Tonight, Isaac must decide which side he is on.
“With its sharp script and precision performance, Love, Bombs & Apples is an entertaining one-man show guaranteed to make you chuckle. Passionately played by actor Asif Khan, he takes on the role of four characters who are all getting on with their lives, but find themselves in politically poignant circumstances. The play by Hassan Abdulrazzak uses comedy as a vehicle to bravely tackle problems facing the Arab, Jewish and Muslim communities across the world, drawing attention to social issues, and making them more relevant than news coverage ever does.
The stories transport us to life under occupation for the average Palestinian; a British Muslim jailed under suspicion of terrorism; a disenfranchised youth tempted by IS and a Jew torn between his liberal girlfriend and Zionist father. In each account Asif delivers an energetic, convincing performance, switching between accents, ages and circumstances with ease. Aided by a spot-on script, it’s the moments of honesty that are the most humorous.
Painful moments greet all the characters, from trying to find a quiet place to get passionate to addressing bedroom issues with a partner who’s more concerned about war than intimacy, through to the naive novelist whose work of fiction gets misinterpreted as a terror manual: every monologue is played with charm and sincerity and could easily form the basis of an individual play.
A swift and satisfying show, Love, Bombs & Apples, now in its second run is a piece of contemporary storytelling that every member of an audience can connect with. Brave in its approach and tackling sensitive topics with confidence, it’s a reminder that you don’t need to go to an all-signing, all-dancing production with a huge cast to feel like you’d had a good night out; the most minimalist of sets and simplest methods of storytelling can be the most effective.” Asiana TV