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
★★★★“Ready Or Not is a thought-provoking political thriller that questions our concepts of war and terror. ”
★★★ “Ahmed has packed this play with ideas not just about the clash of civilizations but about motherhood, guilt, teaching and more.”
Joan Blackham received a nomination for Best Female In A Play from the Offies (the Off West End Theatre Awards)
Writer Naylah Ahmed
Naylah is an established writer for theatre, radio and TV. Prior to her playwriting and screenwriting career she was a radio drama producer with extensive experience of developing writers, ideas and story across radio, theatre and television. She was the first Development Producer for BBC Radio Drama Birmingham and founding Script Editor on the award […]About the writer
…an ambitious black comedy which thrives in its darker moments… Joan Blackham is superb
an intelligent script…
Fringe Review – Recommended Show
Ahmed’s neat inversion of terrorist tropes is inspired.
Theatre Full Stop
Naylah Ahmed hauntingly encapsulates the fear inherent within the UK.
Naylah Ahmed has packed this play with ideas not just about the clash of civilizations but about motherhood, guilt, teaching and more.
MAC – Midlands Arts Centre
5 – 6 April 2017
The Marlowe Studio
7 – 8 April 2017
11-29 April 2017
16 – 20 May 2017