[THE COBBLED STREETS OF GENEVA]

Adham is a silent and brooding middle-aged tragedy, standing outside a Mosque in North London. Waiting. It’s raining. Tea, an umbrella, and friendship arrive.

Two years later Adham’s boss invites him on holiday to “set him up”. Panic-stricken and wanting to bat away her advances he fabricates a husband. But when the plan backfires he’s got to convince someone to act the part… Who best but his Imam and absolutely platonic friend Raushan? The rest is what you’d expect: a call to adventure in the Alps, a quarrel, and a sweet queer love story that ends in gardening gloves.

杉本 Nemo Martin’s [The Cobbled Streets of Geneva] is a romantic comedy about how role-playing new lives might bring us closer to who we really are.

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Cage – The Vaults, Leake Street, London 11 – 16 February 2019

Creative team

A co-production with 45North.

Written by: 杉本 Nemo Martin
Direction: Jo Tyabji
R&D Direction: Mingyu Lin 林铭宇
Sound Design: Mwen
Lighting Design: William Alder
Graphic Design: Soofiya

Cast

Adham: Ashley Alymann
Raushan: Shiraz Khan

Awards

Winner: VAULT Festival 2020 Weekly Origins Award – outstanding new work from the Theatre & Performance programme.

Reviews

“It’s all heartwarming and wholesome in this queer romantic comedy. Funny and uplifting.” – The Guardian

“This play feels like a story that needs to be told. There is a great tenderness to the piece. A promising look at an often untold LGBTQ community.” – BritishTheatre.com

“A beautifully tender tale of love and friendship set against a backdrop of secrecy and confusion.” – The Reviews Hub

“The growing relationship between two Muslim men from differing backgrounds has a dangerous edge… challenges perceptions of religion, culture and lifestyle.” – The Spy In The Stalls

“A sweet and funny show, with hidden layers of social commentary.” – Fringe Guru

“How wonderful to have the characters mostly talk about things that non-Muslim characters in media are always allowed to talk about – love, joy and living truthfully. And how frustrating that this is rare enough to be deemed wonderful. One to check out with an open mind and an open heart.” – The Play’s The Thing UK

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