Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

3 (1) · Contemporary

Yasmin Sheikh feels torn in the city she used to call home, but Aisha sees a different London to her best friend.

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23 May 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“The Shamima Begum story has been hitting the headlines but Nyla Levy’s play, which examines the complexities behind a young woman’s decision to go to Syria, has been several years in the making. Produced by the excellent Tamasha Theatre, and researched with school children, community leaders and lawyers, it looks behind the headlines to consider why young people make the decisions they do.”


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+

Critic reviews

Engaging but uneven

The Stage

Nyla Levy’s play about London schoolfriends, divided when one goes to Syria, is savvy, streetwise and energetic

The Guardian

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

A Younger Theatre

Inventive theatre which uses street-smart dialect, a meta-narrative, and the subversion of typecasting to tell a witty yet sinister tale

Everything Theatre

Levy's writing raises more questions than it answers, but has put together a smart play performed by some very talented actors

Broadway World

The tortuous road to radicalisation

Evening Standard

Date & time

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Tue 21 May - Sat 8 Jun, 2.30pm & 7.15pm
Runtime: 2 hrs


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