“Would you want me to convert to Islam?” “Of course, it’s like wishing you good health.”
When Sara knocks on her brother’s door after two years, she hardly recognises the man in front of her. Thomas has grown a beard, gets up at the crack of dawn, and dates a girl in a Hijab. They attempt to rekindle their childhood friendship, but Thomas hasn’t told his sister everything yet… Becoming Mohammed is a new play inspired by the personal experience of director Annemiek, whose brother reverted to Islam. It explores what it takes for a Western man to become a Muslim, and for his family to come to terms with his choice.
Becoming Mohammed has been created in direct consultation with Islamic communities in both London and Rotterdam, and is being supported by a cultural facilitator, Nabihah Islam. In an effort to open up a dialogue and understanding between Western and Islamic communities, half of all performances will begin with a short forum theatre workshop. The company will also host post-show Q&As on Friday evenings and will share their research interviews with reverts and Islamic leaders online.
Pleasance Theatre, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF Tuesday 2nd – Sunday 21st May 2017