London and on tour April-May 2017

Ready Or Not
By Naylah Ahmed

A retired teacher takes an idealistic young Muslim man hostage and embarks on a dangerous game of hide and seek with the truth. Tormented by grief and haunted by a terrible secret, will she ever let him go?

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

This powerful play for our times asks who is the real enemy at our gates?

“…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

Weds 5 – Thurs 6 April  8pm
Cannon Hill Park Birmingham  B12 9QH
Box Office 0121 446 3232
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Fri 7 - Sat 8 April  8pm
The Marlowe Studio  
The Friars Canterbury Kent CT1 2AS 
Box Office 01227 787787 (Bkg fee)
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Tues 11– Sat 29 April
Mon-Sat 8pm   Saturday Matine 3.30pm

Arcola Theatre

24 Ashwin Street London E8 3DL
Box Office 020 7503 1646
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Tickets on sale from early February

Tue 16- Sat 20 May  7.45pm

Post show discussion on Wed 17
Theatre Royal Plymouth The Drum
Royal Parade Plymouth PL1 2TR
Box Office 01752 267222
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Ready Or Not is 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