Does My Bomb Look Big In This? A new dark comedy explores identity and radicalisation
By Barfi Culture Team
4th February 2018

A new dark comedy, exploring issues around identity, race, culture and radicalisation will soon go on tour around Britain, written by emerging actor and playwright, Nyla Levy.

Does My Bomb Look Big In This? reflects the world through the eyes of two British Asian teenagers - Aisha and Yasmin, best friends from south London.

The play focuses intently on the current news agenda. Facing increasing anti-Muslim xenophobia in a Trump / Brexit world, the two try to make sense of the Britain they live in. While Yasmin wants to reject the city she used to call home, Aisha sees events in a very different way.

When Yasmin suddenly disappears into the arms of ISIS, Aisha is forced to ask herself whether life in London is better or worse than the land of the Caliphate.

Nyla Levy is being funded by Arts Council England to take the show to Luton and London. Her first play, Different is Dangerous, which she co-wrote as part of Two's Company, toured the UK from 2012 - 2016.

Her second play, Normal with a bit of OOMPH!, which explored the pressures on women's body image, pornography and plastic surgery, debuted as a Rehearsed Reading at RichMix in 2016.

"I have been interested in what compels British Asian schoolgirls to join ISIS and have been researching this issue for the past four years. I am of mixed heritage, half-Pakistani and half-Canadian, but born and bred in Britain," she says. "I have experienced my share of racism throughout my life."

"These clashes [after Trump and Brexit] and the feeling of loss of identity for British Asians is an area I want to explore and bring to light."

Her acting credits include Finding Fatima and Next of Kin (TV), and The Diary of a Hounslow Girl, Child of the Divide in theatre.

Hat Factory (Luton): 22nd Feb 2018
JW3: 1st March 2018
Rich Mix: 4th March 2018
Bristol University: 22nd March 2018
Black* Artists on the Move Festival: 22nd March 2018


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