Runtime: 2h 00m
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+