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NONA SHEPPHARD BLOG ON THE PRESCIENCE OF COMBUSTION

12 May 2017

Read Nona Shepphard, Director of Combustion blog on the prescience of Asif Khan's new comic-drama  World premiere at Tara Theatre from 17th May prior to a nationwide tour.

It could have been a poster for Combustion: Saffiyah Khan confronting an incensed EDL supporter at a demonstration in Birmingham city centre on Saturday 8th April 2017.

The fact that it went viral and that she got many thousands of responses in support of her action - which was in turn in support of a young Muslim woman wearing the hijab, Saira Zafar - is a very positive and hopeful news story in amongst the tide of negative ones which induce fear and inspire hatred.

Asif Khan’s play is a much needed insight into a world which is largely unknown to those who are not part of or closely related to it. It raises issues that are complicated, difficult, and in need of greater exposure, knowledge and understanding; Asif’s writing confronts these issues directly with humour, empathy and grace.

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