When Yasmin suddenly disappears to Syria, Aisha embarks on a mission to uncover the truth and decide whether there is any hope in Yasmin’s new-found world.
With fierce wit and disarming honesty, Does My Bomb Look Big in This? cleverly unveils a human story behind the headlines and questions how close or far we are from multicultural harmony.
First conceived in 2016 after being cast in roles as a ‘jihadi bride’ or ‘terrorist girlfriend’ and generally dissatisfied with the narrative being told, Nyla Levy ran research workshops with school children and interviewed muslim community leaders as well as terrorism defence solicitor Tasnime Akunjee. The result voices the complexities of the choices made by disaffected youth, their vulnerability, and how the decisions made can changes lives, communities and countries forever.
Age Recommendation: 14+
Engaging but uneven
Nyla Levy’s play about London schoolfriends, divided when one goes to Syria, is savvy, streetwise and energetic
All three actors are capable, funny and moving
Levy adds texture to a heavy topic which is forever current, but rarely discussed from a woman of colour’s point of view
Inventive theatre which uses street-smart dialect, a meta-narrative, and the subversion of typecasting to tell a witty yet sinister tale
Levy's writing raises more questions than it answers, but has put together a smart play performed by some very talented actors
The tortuous road to radicalisation
Date & time
Tue 21 May - Sat 8 Jun, 2.30pm & 7.15pm