Ready or Not

by Naylah Ahmed

April - May 2017

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

In this timely new play, a retired teacher took an idealistic young Muslim man hostage and embarked on a dangerous game of hide and seek with the truth. leaving the audience guessing until the last minute how it would all end.

Writer Naylah Ahmed

portrait of writer

Naylah is an established writer for theatre, radio and TV as well as a freelance radio drama producer. Her play Butcher Boys was one of the four joint winners of the 2008 Bruntwood Prize. Mustafa was commissioned by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and co-produced with Kali for Soho Theatre London and a UK tour. It was […]

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About the Play

…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

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

Dates and Venue Info

Weds 5 – Thurs 6 April
mac Cannon Hill Park

Fri 7 – Sat 8 April
The Marlowe Studio

Tues 11– Sat 29 April
Arcola Theatre

Tue 16- Sat 20 May  7.45pm

Cast and Crew

Cast and Crew

Joan Blackham, Adam Karim & Natasha Rickman
Helena Bell
Sophia Lovell Smith Based on initial design ideas by Rajha Shakiry
Katharine Williams
Daniel Denton
Chris Drohan
Fight Director
Philip d'Orléans

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