Jihad: The Musical (3 stars)

This article is from 2007

Jihad: The Musical

An intermittently funny show about jiving jihadists

The magic of the musical genre is that you can get away with so much. If you can’t say it, sing it. This show is a perfect example. Catchy songs like ‘The Jihad Jive’ whisk us through Sayed’s story. In it we follow a young naïve Afghan flower seller who is lured to the West and coerced into becoming a martyr for the holy war. He meets a slightly psychotic journalist who’ll do anything for a story. Will his sister get there in time to stop him blowing up the ‘unidentified landmark of the West’?

This piece is funny at points offering such stunning logic as: if the terrorists didn’t blow up public transport then people might use it more and therefore need more oil which is what started the war in the first place. But it’s not as funny as it thinks it is. The repetitive, unoriginal French jokes do wear thin, as do the constant head scarf jibes but it does highlight some important issues. Watch out for the pink sequinned burkha clad, weapon wielding dancers. Only in a musical! (Greer Ogston)

C Chambers Street, 0845 260 1234, until 27 Aug, 10.25pm, £8.50–£10.50 (£7.50–£9.50).

Jihad: The Musical

  • 3 stars

Catchy songs carry a clever-clever concept that's not as funny as it thinks it is. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'