Becoming Mohammed

“Would you want me to convert to Islam?”
“Of course, it’s like wishing you good health.”

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…

Becoming Mohammed is a new play inspired by the personal experience of director Annemiek,
whose brother reverted to Islam. It explores what it takes for a Western man to become a
Muslim, and for his family to come to terms with his choice

Directed by Annemiek van Elst
Written by Claudia Marinaro

THOMAS SMIT – Jack Hammett
SARA SMIT – Philippa Carson
AMINAH ZAMAN – Nadia Lamin
MUSA ZAMAN – Jonah Fazel

Design by Bex Kemp
Second costume designer Syed Nisar
Sound design by Jack Barton
Light design by Rachel Sampley
Illustration by Daniela Pinheiro

Pleasance Theatre London

Carpenters Mews
North Road
London N7 9EF

2 – 21 May 2017
Tuesday to Saturday at 19.45
Sundays at 17.30

Prices £14/£12 (concession)
Box Office 020 7609 1800

Special thanks to: Pleasance Futures, Amy Clamp,
Lyric Hammersmith, Becky Martin, The Nursery,
Elizabeth Munro, Nabihah Islam, Syed Nisar, London
Digital Print Limited, Essalam Moskee Rotterdam, and
Maarten van Elst.

Becoming Mohammed is supported by:

Post-show discussions with the creative team and special guest speakers will take place after the Friday evening performances.
Friday 5 May: Maarten van Elst (brother) and Annemiek van Elst (sister)
Friday 12 May: Elizabeth Munro (PhD SOAS), Maryam (female revert)
Friday 19 May: MuJu Crew, Nabihah Islam, Syed Nisar (Muslims in the arts)