The world's 'first Muslim panto' goes on tour - and its already sold out
By: Barfi Culture Team
Published: 13th December 2017

They call it the world's first Muslim pantomime show and it is already sold out.

'If the Shoe Fits...' had its launch night in the city of Bradford last night and will move on to East London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Peterborough. And its all for charity.

The show stars comedian and actor Abdullah Afzal (BBC's Citizen Khan) and seven members of the Kissoon family - who created the show. The Kissoons have started their own theater company, Once Upon A Family, to produce it.

The show has all the hallmarks of a traditional English panto: slapstick comedy, silly songs, crazy costumes, loud cheering and festive themes.

Touring with humanitarian charity Penny Appeal, the show is essentially a panto within a panto. The story revolves around an orphan’s journey and a family’s attempt to create their own 'halal' pantomime. Though its actors were quick to tell the BBC Asian Network that it wasn't just for Muslims, but could be enjoyed by everyone.

The Great Muslim Panto is being performed in 6 cities from 12th – 21st December. It’s all in aid of our OrphanKind programme, to give orphan children living in poverty a loving family.

But if you want to catch it, it is too late. Penny Appeal say the tickets are already all sold out. Though you can still support their Christmas appeal from the OrphanKind page to help give vulnerable orphans a loving home.

12th December 2017 – Bradford – Kala Sangam Arts Centre
16th December – East London – School 21 Theatre
18th December – Birmingham Library Theatre
19th December – Manchester – Z Arts Theatre
20th December – Glasgow – Mitchell Library
21st December – Peterborough - John Clare Theatre

Article published on 13th December 2017 in the Entertainment section

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