Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy

Edinburgh Fringe 2019   


Bismillah! is Wound Up Theatre's sell out smash hit Tragi-Comedy, which returned to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 for the first time since it's primordial production at the same festival in 2015. This time at the Underbelly Cowgate, the show had a number of sell out performances, and played to rapt houses throughout the festival.

 Dean joined the Army, 'Danny' joined ISIS. One’s from London; the other, Leeds. Bismillah! is their hour together in an Iraqi cell. 

"A Black comedy of the highest order" discussing Islamophobia, Wetherspoons and the increasing price of a standard meal deal. Which circles an awful truth - they just want to go home.

Reuniting the creative team from 2018, who enjoyed a National Tour, a London run at The Pleasance Theatre, Islington and sell-out VAULT Festival run, the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award-listed show yet again enthralled audiences with its hilarious and compassionate look at modern Britain.

Reviews for the 2018 production:

★★★★★ "A black comedy of the highest order."

- The Reviews Hub

★★★★★"Side-splitting and touching... One of the best shows I have ever seen." -BroadwayBaby 

★★★★★ "Brilliantly acted, lots of funnies" - Hiive

★★★★★ "a shining example of how theatre can educate, evoke empathy and open the minds of its audience on a complex and heartbreaking subject matter." - 

The Live Review

★★★★★"A number of complex socio-political debates are touched upon with sensitivity and nuance, even between the dick jokes"- Theatre Box 

★★★★ "a wonderfully sympathetic piece of writing, brimming with insight, humour and humanity."

The Stage

★★★★ "Sharply written and mesmerisingly performed... Powerful, hilarious and gripping."

The List

★★★★"Incredibly current and important."

The Spy in the Stalls 

★★★★" "a totally surprising piece of theatre... a wicked sense of humour... a powerful, deep and meaningful play that really makes you think."  - LondonTheatre1

★★★★ "awe-inspiring dialogue" - The Upcoming

★★★★ "Never before have I been gripped so much in 75 minutes watching a conversation between two people" - Rewrite This Story

Original artwork for Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy

Creative Team

Written and Performed by Matthew Greenhough

also Starring Elliot Liburd

Directed and Developed by Jonny Kelly

Produced by Sofi Berenger

Assistant Director,  Rob Ellis

Sound Designer, Gareth McLeod

Trailer for Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy

Traditionally subversive, seriously comical. 

© 2019 by Wound Up Theatre.

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