Love, Bombs and Apples
Company: AIK Productions
By Hassan Abdulrazzak
Director: Rosamunde Hutt
Designer: Mila Sanders
Sound: James Hesford
Lighting: Charlie Lucas
Producer: Turtle Key Arts
Cast: Asif Khan
Asif Khan trained at RADA. Theatre includes: Multitudes (Tricycle Theatre), Twelfth Night (National Theatre), Mixed Up North (Out of Joint),Queen of the Nile (HullTruck), Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi (Arcola Theatre), The Snow Queen, The Nutcracker & The Mouse King (Unicorn Theatre) & award-winning Snookered (Bush Theatre/Tamasha). Television includes: Spooks (BBC), Terry Pratchett's Going Postal (Sky1) &Bradford Riots (Channel 4) & BAFTA-winning The Plot To Bring Down Britain's Planes (Raw TV).
Hassan Abdulrazzak's first play, Baghdad Wedding, premiered at Soho Theatre before being revived in Australia and India and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The Prophet was performed at The Gate Theatre and was based on extensive interviews in Cairo with revolutionaries and soldiers, journalists and cab drivers. He was commissioned by the Kevin Spacey Foundation to write Dhow Under The Sun, a play for 34 young actors, which was staged in Sharjah, UAE. Hassan is the recipient of the George Devine, Meyer-Whitworth and Pearson Theatre Awards as well as the Arab British Centre Award for Culture.
Hassan Abdulrazzak is of Iraqi origin, born in Prague and living in London. He holds a PhD in molecular biology and has worked at Harvard and Imperial College. Hassan’s first play Baghdad Wedding, was staged at Soho Theatre in 2007 to great acclaim. It went on to have productions in Australia and India and was also broadcast on BBC radio 3. Hassan’s play The Prophet was performed at The Gate Theatre in 2012 and was based on extensive interviews in Cairo with revolutionaries and soldiers, journalists and cab drivers.
More recently he was commissioned by the Kevin Spacey Foundation to write Dhow Under The Sun, a play for 35 young actors, which was staged in Sharjah, UAE (Jan 2015). He was also commissioned by Untold Theatre to write Catalina, the story of the Moorish slave of Catherine of Aragon (Ovalhouse Theatre 1-4 April 2015). His comic monologue play Love, Bombs and Apples was selected out 114 scripts to be part of the PlayWROUGHT3 festival and will be staged at the Arcola Theatre (20-25th July 2015) as part of the Shubbak festival. His short play Lost Kingdom was selected out of 75 scripts to be part of San Francisco's Golden Thread ReOrient 2015 festival. His essays have been published in the Guardian, the Edinburgh Review and Al-Ahram Weekly.
His poems have been published in Snakeskin and in We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War edited by Nadje Al-Ali and Deborah Al-Najjar. He is currently working on a number of theatre, TV and film projects.