Mustafa, new play explores possession and exorcism

Naylah Ahmed's compelling and vivid thriller, Mustafa, is touring Bradford, Birmingham and Manchester. The play is co-produced by Kali and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Mustafa is in prison for the death of a teenage boy during an exorcism. Racked with guilt at the loss of an innocent life and isolated in a world where his beliefs are constantly challenged, he tries to avoid trouble. But when prisoners who taunt him suffer mysterious injuries and prison officers start behaving strangely, Mustafa starts to think the evil djinn he tried to banish from the young victim’s body is still with him and he must face it once more…

Is Mustafa the deluded killer of a teenager or a brave innocent man who risked his life to deliver the boy from a dangerous being? This compelling and vivid thriller where nothing is quite what it seems will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Birmingham writer Naylah has been writing since the late 1990s for stage, radio and television. In particular she was a founding script editor for “Silver Street”, the first ever British Asian soap.

She won the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting with Butcher Boys in 2008, and was one of the writers of “These Four Streets” – a multi-authored play about the Lozells riots which premiered at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 2009.

Directed by Janet Steel, Mustafa features a cast of four. Playing the title role of Mustafa is Munir Khairdin whose previous theatre credits include “The Comedy of Errors” (Royal Exchange), “Behzti” (Birmingham Repertory Theatre) and “Bombay Dreams” (West End). He is joined by Gary Pillai as Shabir. Gary's stage credits include “A Passage to India” (Shared Experience), “Wuthering Heights” (Tamasha / Lyric Hammersmith) and “Mahabharata” (Sadler’s Wells).

Ryan Early plays Dan. Ryan is best known for his role as PC Tom Nicholson in “Heartbeat” and his stage credits include shows at the Royal Court and The Globe. Completing the cast will be Paul McCleary as Len. Paul's credits span stage and screen including “The Taming Of The Shrew” (RSC), “Juno And The Paycock” and “Oedipus” (National Theatre) and films “Calendar Girls” and “Britannia Hospital”.

Set design for Mustafa is by Colin Falconer, lighting design by Tim Mitchell and music by Arun Ghosh.

Listings Information

Wed 11- Sat 14 April
Bradford Kala Sangam Studio, St Peters House Forster Square Bradford BD1 4TY
Performance Times: 7pm
Ticket prices: £6.50
Box Office: Book online via (no booking fee)

Tue 17- Sat 21 April
Birmingham Repertory Theatre @ mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH
Performance Times: 8pm, matinee at 2pm on Sat 21 April
Ticket prices: £12, concessions £7.50
Box Office: 0121 236 4455 /

Thu 26 – Sat 28 April
Manchester Royal Exchange Studio, St Ann's Square Manchester M2 7DH
Performance Times: 7.30pm (Thu & Fri), 8pm (Sat)
Ticket prices: £10, concessions £7
Box Office: 0161 833 9833 /

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