Word-Play London Reviews and Tickets

(4 Reviews)
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Cliched, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Unsatisfying, Relevant

About the Show

Rabiah Hussain’s new political drama about the proliferation of islamophobia.

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Member Reviews (4)

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58 Reviews | 4 Followers
Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you want to support fantastic new writing. Also, the ensemble is tight and are all brilliant!

Don't see it if No. Go see it, it's good theatre. I think you'll all get something from it.

105 Reviews | 7 Followers
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like to watch an experimental play - it's a collection of sketches on how words matter

Don't see it if You like something conventional and find any discourse on racism as woke

66 Reviews | 6 Followers
Irritating, Unsatisfying, Cliched, Inert, Boring

See it if ...you're looking for self-conscious pieces that try to be "edgy" without actually saying much. I guess this is something for die-hards?

Don't see it if ...you're looking for any kind of dramatic momentum whatsoever, because this play certainly doesn't provide that! It's totally static. Read more

2 Reviews | 0 Followers
Banal, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You like the current woke/tradition dialogue.

Don't see it if You want a fun evening with not much brain power needed….

Critic Reviews (8)

July 29th, 2023

“That words have power is a long-held truism that this production pushes home time and time again, albeit while showcasing some fine acting...Hussain’s splatter gun approach to obvious societal evils makes some intriguing points but misses more than it hits, especially in the early parts of ‘Word-Play.’”
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The London Evening Standard
July 27th, 2023

“There’s no narrative as such: it’s a series of sketches that are often hilarious, sometimes moving and which gain a cumulative thematic power. It’s acted by a diverse five-strong cast with deeply funny bones, on a bare stage with a letterbox window at one end and a mural of rainbow inclusivity at the other.”
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The Guardian (UK)
July 27th, 2023

“Hussain’s script shines in sudden moments of lyrical outrage and the actors do these scenes justice...These are glimmers of a far more powerful play and we wish for more of them.”
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The Times (UK)
July 27th, 2023

“The series of vignettes that... Hussain and... Ismail have woven together set out to explore the power of political language, so it’s all the more disappointing that most of them turn out to be so wilfully obscure... What makes this 80-minute piece even more exasperating is that Ismail gets such assured performances from a cast of five.”
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Time Out London
July 27th, 2023

“There's so much about this play that'll stick in your throat: a reminder that words can wound, however bland they might sound.”
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The Stage (UK)
July 27th, 2023

“The play is at its most resonant... in the way it capture language’s ability both to divide people, and to unite them.”
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July 27th, 2023

“This play shows how it’s all too easy to manipulate language for self-serving purposes and to use a lot of words while saying nothing – especially when it comes to ‘balance’. There’s also no doubt that Hussain loves words and their nuances.”
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Everything Theatre (UK)
July 28th, 2023

"An enjoyable short play, exploring the effect of words and language, that is both funny and thought provoking."
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