“If you have faith and you’re good, if you’re not harming anyone, shouldn’t that be enough?” – Leila Aboulela, Mystic Life
Come and hear Leila Aboulela’s
short radio play Mystic Life
read onstage by a number of local actors, followed by a Q&A with the playwright herself!
Mystic Life begins with a scholar in Daghestan hearing a strange knock at the door, then shifts focus back and forth between his tale and that of a young Muslim man and woman who have conflicting views on what it means to be good and have faith, in an increasingly culturally complicated and hostile world.
Leila Aboulela is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and playwright whose works have often graced the prestigious Orange Prize longlist. She grew up in Khartoum and moved to Aberdeen with her husband and children many years ago, a culture shock which she describes as “eternal” and has inspired a body of work which always has something insightful to say about culture and identity, subjects which we particularly relate to in the multicultural UAE!
KASSIM/STUDENT: Hisham Khan
DINA/LOST GIRL: Hala Bassar
SFX: Wayne Dorsey
Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation