London and on tour April-May 2017

Ready Or Not
By Naylah Ahmed

In this timely new play, a retired teacher took an idealistic young Muslim man hostage and embarked on a dangerous game of hide and seek with the truth. leaving the audience guessing until the last minute how it would all end.

Regret and loss collided with fear and paranoia in a distorted reality fed by 24 hour global newsfeeds, blogs and chat rooms. 

“…an ambitious black comedy which thrives in its darker moments… Joan Blackham is superb”
The Independent

“an intelligent script…”

“Ahmed’s neat inversion of terrorist tropes is inspired”   Fringe Review – Recommended Show

“Naylah Ahmed hauntingly encapsulates the fear inherent within the UK”     Theatre Full Stop

“Naylah Ahmed has packed this play with ideas not just about the clash of civilizations but about motherhood, guilt, teaching and more.”
Everything Theatre

Cast Joan Blackham, Adam Karim 
& Natasha Rickman
Director Helena Bell
Design Sophia Lovell Smith
Based on initial design ideas by Rajha Shakiry
Lighting Katharine Williams
Video Daniel Denton
Sound Chris Drohan
Fight Director Philip d'Orléans

BIRMINGHAM   Weds 5 – Thurs 6 April 
mac Cannon Hill Park

CANTERBURY Fri 7 - Sat 8 April 
The Marlowe Studio  

LONDON  Tues 11– Sat 29 April
Arcola Theatre

PLYMOUTH   Tue 16- Sat 20 May  7.45pm

Ready Or Not was a response to the distortions and constant media feeding created by the so called war on terror. ‘In the 16 years since 9/11, so much has changed; paranoia has grown, the ‘us’ and ‘them’ rhetoric gathers pace, and 24/7 news coverage in the post-truth era now provides a soundtrack to our lives. The war on terror has left countries and peoples ravished with untold numbers of non-combatants killed - untold because they’re uncounted. Ready or Not explores these themes in a domestic setting where three characters deal with their own personal battles within this wider global context.’
Naylah Ahmed