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Rabiah Hussain: Word-Play at the Royal Court Theatre

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Time 19:45
Date 28/09/22
Price £12

Rabiah Hussain's intensely topical play is set in the Downing Street Press Office during a moment of crisis triggered by the use of some ill-chosen language. Word-Play at its finest.

Wed 28 Sep - Sat 05 Nov.

“We’ve got another 10 minutes before shit really hits the fan.”

In the Downing Street Press Office an emergency meeting has been called. The Prime Minister has been ad-libbing on live tv (again) and his words are going viral. There are accusations of islamophobia, and demands for an apology; but as the team debate what to do next, it’s already too late. His words have found their way to dinner parties, bus journeys and newspaper columns across the nation – and not everyone is angry.

Rabiah Hussain’s new play, directed by Nimmo Ismail, explores how language seeps into public consciousness and reverberates with far reaching consequences that will last for generations.

“History always ripples on. Even if we don’t realise it.”

Word-Play was developed whilst Rabiah Hussain was on attachment as part of the Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Writing Fellowship in 2019.  

Post-Show Talk Wed 12 Oct
A Q&A with writer Rabiah Hussain. This event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.
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COMPETITION: Win 1x pair of tickets to attend (in person) Rabiah Hussain's 'Word-Play' at the Royal Court Theatre on Friday 30 September at 19:45.


To enter the competition, send an email to player@run-riot.com with the correct answer in the ‘subject’ line. The winner will be randomly selected.

Q: Which politician promised to hold an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the Tory party in 2019, only to retract it once they became Prime Minister?
A: .1) Michael Howard .2) David William Donald Cameron  .3) Theresa Mary May .4) Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson

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