Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy (4 stars)

Wound Up Theatre Company tackle ISIS in this outstanding tragicomedy


This article is from 2015.

Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy

credit: Natalya Chargrin

A comedy about Islamic State might seem to be in bad taste, given the atrocities currently being carried out by them across the world. Yet, in only their second outing at the Fringe after a successful debut with Delusions Of Adequacy back in 2013, Wound Up Theatre have produced a piece of theatre that is sharply written and mesmerisingly performed.

Dean, a British soldier, has been captured by ISIS and is being held hostage in a basement somewhere in Iraq. Guarded by Danny, a recruit from London, the two converse over what makes them different and what makes them the same. From Islamophobia to Kim Kardashian, sparks fly as the two begin to question their own value system and what it is they are actually fighting for.

Powerful, hilarious and gripping – the comedy does not obscure the high stakes of the content. Bismillah! is a daring testament to what a small company can achieve with a bit of talent, intelligence and heart.

Just The Tonic at The Caves, 0330 220 1212, until 21 Aug, 12.45pm, £5 (£4.50).

This article is from 2015.

Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy

  • 4 stars

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