[/see:] dim corridors. neon and spray paint and brick. [/smell:] must. vimto-flavoured vape. cigarette smoke. beer. [/feel:] water sweat-dripping onto crowns of heads. dusty warmth. [/hear:] chatting. applause. glasses clinking behind the bar. a pub quiz announcer. [/taste:] breath mints. mould in the air.
Adham is a bodyguard, steady and serious, and a stickler for propriety and safe proximity. Raushan is an excitable and curious Imam with a joy for life and an (almost) unshakeable positivity that’s hard to resist. On a rainy day in London, outside Raushan’s mosque, the two unlikely companions strike up a conversation that leads to an odd-couple friendship that changes and grows as they do. However, when Adham asks Raushan to pretend to be his husband (so that he can avoid being ‘set-up’ by his boss), their easy friendship is inevitably put to a difficult test.
This play literally packs heat. Airlock theatre’s one-woman show tackles guns, deprivation, and asks what it’s like when a young mind is faced with life-affecting choice. It hurtles through its hour driven by the insistent, virtuosic energy of writer and performer Rosanna Suppa.