Kabul Goes Pop: Music Television Afghanistan

13 May-29 May

Kabul Goes Pop brings us into a world post the US invasion that is complex, contradictory, and shocking – all to a soundtrack of early 00 pop!

Description

A Brixton House production, presented with HighTide in association with the Mercury Theatre Colchester.

A debut play by Waleed Akhtar

“In Afghanistan there are many important issues. So I am asking a very important question.

Britney, or Shakira?

Who is the real Queen of Pop?”

Inspired by a true story of Afghanistan’s first youth music TV programme, Kabul Goes Pop: Music Television Afghanistan explores the devastating effects as two young friends take on the political landscape while trying to build a new Afghanistan. 

Kabul Goes Pop brings us into a world post the US invasion that is complex, contradictory, and shocking – all to a soundtrack of early 00 pop!

★★★★ New European

‘A brave piece about the betrayal of a generation.’

‘An elegantly written, often very funny, piece that works precisely because it takes a moral position on Afghanistan, and, underlying every word, there is a raw and admirable fury.’

★★★ The Stage

‘Shanko Chauduhuri’s all-white design, seamlessly incorporating video panels (hat tip to video designer Gino Ricardo Green) showing archive pop clips that evoked a nostalgic glow in this nearly 40-year-old.’

‘Anna Himali Howard’s production pulses with energy.’

CAST

Farook – Arian Nik
Samia – Shala Nyx

CREATIVE TEAM

Writer – Waleed Akhtar 
Director – Anna Himali Howard
Set, Costume and Graphic Designer – Shankho Chaudhuri
Sound Designer – Anna Clock
Lighting Designer – Rajiv Pattani
Video Designer – Gino Green
Choreographer – Yami Löfvenberg
Assistant Director – Neetu Singh
Costume Supervisor – Olivia Ward

Content warnings:

The show contains swearing and themes which may cause distress.

Sexual violence is referred to, and abduction and murder is described.

Grief over the loss of a loved one is depicted, and the mental illness and death of a family member is referred to.

War and political violence is discussed, including mentions of suicide bombings and a description of being injured in a bombing.

Life under Soviet and Mujahideen conflict and Taliban rule in Afghanistan is described.

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Performances

Tue 24 May 7:30pm
Wed 25 May 1:30pm
Schools Matinee and Captioned Performance
Wed 25 May 7:30pm
Captioned Performance
Thu 26 May 7:30pm
Captioned
Fri 27 May 7:30pm
Sat 28 May 2:30pm
Audio described
Sat 28 May 7:30pm
Audio described
Sun 29 May 7:30pm