A Sister co-production
‘Congratulations! Your pain is commercially viable.’
It’s 1991 and the Gulf War rages three thousand, three hundred and twenty miles away. Darlee is 8 years old, crying behind the wheelie bookcase in Miss Stratford’s classroom. She’s just realised she’s Iraqi. Or half. Maybe both.
She saw it on the news last night after Neighbours and fish fingers. Heard the fear slipping through the receiver, saw it oozing from Dad’s eyeballs and into the living room as he tried to phone home.
What she can’t process now, she’ll be haunted by later; the spirits hounding her will make sure of that…
‘Operation Desert Storm; you won’t lose a wink of sleep over it. Except your Daddy. Your Daddy’s shitting his pants. Enjoy your Viennetta.’
Baghdaddy is a playfully devastating coming-of-age story, told through clowning and memory to explore the complexities of cultural identity, generational trauma and a father-daughter relationship amidst global conflict.
Jasmine Naziha Jones’s debut play was developed as part of an Introduction to Playwriting group at the Royal Court. Royal Court Associate Milli Bhatia (seven methods of killing kylie jenner) directs.
Baghdaddy has been generously supported by a lead gift from Charles Holloway. It is a co-production with SISTER.
Post-Show Talk Tue 29 Nov
A Q&A with writer Jasmine Naziha Jones. This event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.
Q&A hosted by MENA Arts UK Thu 15 Dec
With writer, Jasmine Naziha Jones. This event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.
'Every now and then, a piece of new writing comes along that is so refreshing, compelling and original that you have to sit up and take notice.'
The Recs Read full review
'A poignant and moving piece... gut-wrenching.'
North West End Read full review
'It is beautiful. And it is relentless... a show that everyone should watch.'
'Jazmine Naziha Jones’s spectacular journey through identity and memory is equal parts hilarious and heart-wrenching.'
A Young(ish) Perspective
'A shattering and very timely reminder of the horrors of war.'
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Mon – Sat: 7.30pm (except 24 Nov, 7pm)
Thu & Sat matinees: 2.30pm (from 26 Nov)
Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes, including an interval
Age recommendation: 14+
This show contains haze, strobe, flashing lights, very loud and sudden noise, including explosions, and strong language, as well as scenes that some may find distressing. Please see Content Warnings and Self-Care Guide below for more information.
If you are a wheelchair user, please contact the Box Office who can assist you in booking the best tickets.
Captioned: Wed 7 Dec at 7.30pm & Thu 15 Dec at 2.30pm
Audio Described: Sat 17 Dec at 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 1pm)
Relaxed: Sat 10 Dec at 2.30pm
Image Edit: Louise Richardson
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