One man’s journey of self-discovery and confronting the truth.
Yasser decides to take part in Iʿtikāf (sleeping and fasting in a mosque for the last ten nights of Ramadan), but as he navigates smug worshippers, shared bathrooms, and recurring thoughts of chunky chips, he soon regrets his decision. Yasser’s isolation forces him to confront a part of himself he’s been trying to conceal.
A big reveal in the play tracks back to the source of Yasser’s guilt, but it does not explore the psychology behind what has been revealed. Ultimately, 10 Nights has the potential to be very powerful but it needs more story to make it fly.
10 Nights might have been more effective had all the disparate elements been in place from the ground up. Regardless of all that, Khan is clearly a talented writer ... it is heartening to see a piece of theatre that is so determined to be inclusive and outside the conventional box.