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Preview: Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes by HuM Theatre

HuM Theatre is back, and this time, they’re taking on the Drama Centre Black Box, with Jihad Jones And The Kalashnikov Babes, a satirical comedy by Egyptian playwright, Youssef El Guindi.

The play follows immigrant Ashraf Khan, who also happens to be a pretentious actor who has just played Hamlet to small artsy audiences. He earns $200 a week and is having trouble paying the bills. He needs a big break, something his sleazy agent offers him way too easily — a starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. He’s being offered big money working for his favourite director and acting opposite a glamorous starlet; all Ashraf has to do is to play the most stereotypically, evil, fanatic terrorist ever to grace the silver screen.

Should he accept this tempting offer, even though it will require him to play a role totally antithetical to the values he represents as a culturally responsible person? Watch as this farce pits Ashraf’s professional ambition against his personal ethics and cultural pride, and reveals the inherent dangers of sweeping stereotypes and first impressions derived from Hollywood blockbusters.

Directed by Yogesh Tadwalkar, and starring Daisy Irani, Subin Subaiah, Gautam Marathe, Daisy Mitchell and Sajini, Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes will rock your world with its funny but frank approach towards addressing the complexities of art versus bigotry.

Jihad Jones And The Kalashnikov Babes plays at the Drama Centre Black Box from 14th May 2021 to 6th June 2021. Tickets available from SISTIC

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