Funded by Arts Council England

We are over the moon!
Just before we start our 3 weeks of rehearsal, we got the amazing news that Becoming Mohammed is going to be funded by Arts Council England! A first little victory, and a great way to start our creative process.

Thank you to all who have advised, supported and helped us with our GFTA Art Council application!

* we know it’s April fools – luckily this is not a joke 😉

Cast announcement #4

Last but definitely not least, we our proud to introduce:


Jack will be playing the role of THOMAS SMIT, a young Western man who changed his life and reverted to Islam – he just hasn’t told his sister yet…
Jack recently graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in July 2016. Since graduating he has performed in Brad Birch’s En Folkefiende with Squint as well as working with Volcano, The Other Room, Dirty Protest and Theatre Uncut.

In a couple of weeks time Jack will also be looking the part – curious to see his changes? Keep your eye on our website as we’ll be posting pictures and video’s during our rehearsal!

Cast announcement #3

As promised, we are introducing you to our male actors. Today it’s…


Jonah will be playing the role of MUSA ZAMAN.
As a theatre maker and performer he has created work at The Battersea Arts Centre, Royal Court, Barbican and The National Theatre as well as many site-specific venues and has toured the UK as a Performer, Director and Comedian.
He specialises in new writing, comedy, improvisation, immersive/ participatory theatre and devised practices and currently teaches Improvisation at The Actors Centre London. Jonah trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the Webber Douglas Academy.

Jonah will be reporting from the rehearsal room from April, something else to look forward to!

Cast announcement #2

We are very pleased to introduce you to our other actress…


She will be playing the role of AMINAH ZAMAN, the woman Thomas has been introduced to as a potential partner, a strong female character beautifully portrayde by Nadia.
After graduating from East 15, Nadia has performed at the Bush Theatre in Nahda (2015) based on the Arab Spring. She has also worked on Laura Poliakoff’s new piece of writing Birthright performing at both Theatre 503 and the Arcola Theatre. She is a co-founder of theatre company All Good Artists Are Dead. Nadia has just finished filming a feature horror film Dogged by Ash Mountain Films and is in pre-production for her next role in a short film with the same company.

Nadia will show you some exclusive behind the scenes footage during our rehearsals – keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter page so you won’t miss it!

Cast announcement #1

This week we will be introducing you to our cast.
We are very proud, pleased and all round excited to be working with such an amazing bunch of actors!
After our auditions we got a little taster at the Rehearsed Reading at The Cockpit, and now we will be sharing their lovely faces and stories online.

We are kicking off with:


Philippa will be playing the role of SARA SMIT, who discovers her baby brother converted to Islam, and is not as cool with it has she hoped to be.
She has been involved in this project from the very start and inspired us during the R&D at Lyric Hammersmith.
Philippa graduated from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she received training in acting, voice, movement and dance. Her most recent leading film role has been as the antagonist in the 5 star reviewed feature film Worm, named as TimeOut London’s Top Pick. She is currently in rehearsal for with London comedy improv troupe Very Serious People.

During rehearsals cast and crew will take turns in keeping a online diary – be sure to hear and see more from this stunner!


Casting call out for Becoming Mohammed

And Many Others’ are seeking two male performers to take part in the production of the new play Becoming Mohammed, written by Claudia Marinaro and conceived and directed by Annemiek van Elst. The show will play from the 2nd till the 21st of May 2017, rehearsals will take place in April.

About Becoming Mohammed
Inspired by director Annemiek Van Elst’s experiences of her brother converting to Islam, the world premiere of Becoming Mohammed comes to Pleasance Theatre. The play explores what it takes for a Western man to become a Muslim, and for his family to come to terms with his choice.

When Sara knocks on her brother’s door after two years, she hardly recognises the man in front of her. Thomas has grown a beard, gets up at the crack of dawn, and dates a girl in a Hijab. They attempt to rekindle their childhood friendship, but Thomas hasn’t told his sister everything yet…

Annemiek van Elst comments:

“when my little brother converted to Islam, it came as a shock; he started to reject our family traditions and follow the Sharia law. What could have been a breaking point became a difficult but beautiful journey of acceptance, which inspired the making of Becoming Mohammed. We believe that, now more than ever, there is a need to represent narratives around Islam in a positive light, and that conversion should be seen not as a threat but as an opportunity to build connections. Through our show, we aim to offer support to converts and their families, and to contribute to creating a more tolerant society”.

This work has been made possible with support from Lyric Hammersmith, The Pleasance, Essalam Mosque Rotterdam, Elizabeth Munro of SOAS University London and Melissa Dunne of Papercut Theatre.

About ‘And Many Others’
And Many Others was founded in 2014 from Annemiek van Elst’s desire to connect with a wide range of artists to collaboratively make contemporary theatre. Claudia Marinaro joined the company from their first production No Fixed Abode, where the company explored homelessness and belonging by joining the people who sleep rough on the streets of London. The company create untold stories that explore the beauty and malfunction of today’s society. Research forms an important component of their work; this often evolves into the use of verbatim and documentary material.
Previous work has been performed at Lyric Hammersmith, Battersea Arts Centre, Camden Peoples Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, The Space Theatre, and Theaterfestival Boulevard (NL). Becoming Mohammed will be the companies first full-length production. Together with our core team we are now looking to expand our cast for this show in 2017. and

Auditions: 16 March, Pleasance Theatre
Rehearsed reading: 19 March, Cockpit Theatre
Rehearsals: 10-28 April, The Nursery Theatre
Shows: 2-21 May, The Pleasance Theatre

This is a freelance engagement that will pay a flat fee (according to National Minimum Wage) and will take up 3 weeks of rehearsals (10-28 April, Monday to Friday, day time according to rehearsal schedule) and 3 weeks of performances (2-21 May, Tuesday to Sunday, evenings only).


Thomas Smit: 20, male, Sarah’s brother and Aminah’s husband

Key features; stubborn, uncompromising, hard working/dedicated/passionate, competitive ←→ loyal, protective, sensitive, idealist.

Thomas felt unsatisfied and disconnected with his life and society, when a friend introduced him to Sharia law. He started reading the Quaran and eventually decided to convert to Islam. Shortly after, he was introduced to Aminah and they are planning to get married.

All of this happened without his family knowing. But now that his sister Sara has suddenly showed up at his door, Thomas can no longer hide the life he embraced. He is determined for his sister and society to accept his new identity, and to assert himself as a good Muslim.

Physical description: male, early twenties, white, must be able to grow a beard

Musa Zaman: late twenties/early thirties, male, Aminah’s older brother

Musa is a second generation Muslim.
He works in PR and also volunteers as a representative for the local Mosque. He is more westernized and less strict in his believes compared to Aminah and Thomas. But he is very protective of his sister, and wants her to have a traditionally arranged marriage.

He looks at Thomas as a younger brother who he introduced to religion, and they’ve become close friends over the last two years throughout his reversion. At the same time he is jealous of Thomas’ success. He likes to know he’s in control and above others. He doesn’t give in to angry outbursts, but would act behind the scenes to make sure he has his way.

Physical description: male, early thirties, middle-eastern looking, able to speak Arabic (or willing to learn the lines of the script to perfection), knowledge of Islam is a plus.

Please send your headshot and CV (or a link to it online) to producer Hannah Tookey at with the subject line CHARACTER – FULL NAME by 12pm March 14 to be considered for the audition at Pleasance Theatre London on March 16.

See also:
Becoming Mohammed Casting Call