Cast announced for Mohamed-Zain Dada’s debut play Blue Mist at Royal Court Theatre

The Royal Court Theatre has announced the cast for Mohamed-Zain Dada’s debut play Blue Mist.

Directed by Royal Court Associate Director Milli Bhatia, the show runs in the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs from 5 October – 18 November 2023.

Making up the cast are Salman Akhtar, Omar Bynon and Arian Nik.

Set in the shisha lounges of North West London, Blue Mist follows a journalist who sells out his own community, in a candid riposte to the portrayal of South Asian Muslim men in the media.

Chunkyz Shisha Lounge is a home away from home for Jihad, Rashid and Asif, a space where community whispers are heard, jokes are told and new hustles are born. But its future is under threat, having become a target for local politicians.

Aspiring journalist, Jihad wants to fight back. After winning a competition to produce his own documentary, he sets out to create something that gives a voice to his community and challenges the usual stereotypes that fill the airwaves.

Will Jihad be able to create something that makes his boys proud? Or will his dreams of becoming a journalist come at a cost too high to bear?

Blue Mist is designed by Tomás Palmer, with lighting design by Elliot Griggs, sound design by Elena Peña and movement direction by Theophilus O.Bailey.

There will be a post-show talk with Mohamed-Zain Dada on Tuesday 17 October 2023.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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