News: Bush Theatre announces cast for ’10 Nights’ by Shahid Iqbal Khan

The cast has been announced for 10 Nights at the Bush Theatre, London. Safyan Iqbal and Zaqi Ismail will perform the world premiere, produced By Graeae and Tamasha in association with the Bush, which opens on 7 October. All performances of 10 Nights will be audio described, will creatively integrate captioning and British Sign Language (BSL), and will be performed in a Relaxed Environment.

One man’s spiritual journey is about to begin…after he’s sent this tweet

When Yasser decides to take part in itikaf, sleeping and fasting in the mosque for the last ten nights of Ramadan, he soon regrets his decision. But as he navigates smug worshippers, shared bathrooms, and recurring thoughts of chunky chips, Yasser’s isolation forces him to confront a side of himself he’s been trying to keep hidden.

A moving and funny new play by Shahid Iqbal Khan and directed by Kash Arshad, 10 Nights is the story of one man’s journey of self-discovery and facing the consequences of your actions.

Shahid Iqbal Khan’s foray into creative writing began with a short play for Carol Godby’s Festival of Plays (Met Theatre, Bury). He joined the Manchester Muslim Writers’ group not long after, a collective that inspired him to explore and compose poetry. He was Associate Artist for Phizzical Productions and is an alumnus of Graeae Theatre’s prestigious Write To Play programme. Theatre credits include The Smile of Despair (Attenborough Arts Centre), Stardust (Belgrade Theatre) and Never Been Away (2020: Collection 1) (Tara Theatre). Audio credits include The Return (That Podcast) (English Touring Theatre and Fremantle’s Storyglass) and Bhavika (Connections) (Naked Productions). Upcoming productions include Befriended (United Kingdoms) (BBC Radio 4). Shahid is part of BBC Writersroom Writers Access Group (20/21) and the Writers Group co-led by Royal Court Theatre and Deafinitely Theatre (20/21).

Director Kash Arshad is a mixed heritage (Scottish/Pakistani) theatre director based in Halifax, West Yorkshire. His recent directing credits include Mountains, Moon Landing and Parallels – Part of Beyond Chinatown Signal Fires Project (New Earth Theatre Company,) 13 and Love and Information (ALRA North). Stolen Rainbows (M6 Theatre Company). Guards at the Taj (Theatre by the Lake), Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile and BD Stories (Freedom Studios). Airplays (Leeds Playhouse), Selfies Kill More People Than Sharks (Oldham Coliseum), Memories of Partition (Royal Exchange), Free Fall (Rogue Bones). As Assistant Director, Threepenny Opera (Octagon Bolton, dir. David Thacker), Handbagged (Theatre By The Lake, dir. Liz Stevenson), North Country (Freedom Studios for. Alex Chisholm), ChipShop The Musical (Freedom Studios/Octagon Bolton dir. Ben Occhipinti), Romeo and Juliet (West Yorkshire Playhouse, dir. Amy Leach). He is also an Associate Artist for National Youth Theatre, Mentor Director for National Theatre Connections, and Director for New Earth Theatre’s North West acting Academy.

Safyan Iqbal plays Yasser (BSL). Safyan is a Deaf actor living in Cardiff, Wales. His short film credits include “Nuff Said” Miss Walters (2019), Worriment (2021), and Silence (2021). 10 Nights marks his professional stage debut.

Zaqi Ismail plays Yasser (English). Zaqi trained at Rose Bruford College. His credits on television include Baptiste 2, Lady Parts (Series 1), Britannia (Series 1 and 2), Strike Back Reboot, Indian Summers Series II, and Doctor Who. Films include Summer in Shade and theatre performances include The Dishonoured (Arcola Theatre & UK Tour) and Three Wise Monkeys (Bush Theatre).

Tickets priced from £10 (concessions available) can be booked at bushtheatre.co.uk or at the Box Office on 020 8743 5050.

Photo credit: Laurie Fletcher

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