Cast of Homegrown

Controversial Isis-related play cancelled two weeks before opening night

A controversial play exploring the motives behind radicalised young people joining Islamic State has been cancelled less than a fortnight before its opening night, with the creators claiming the voices of the young cast have been “silenced”.

Homegrown, a National Youth Theatre (NYT) production, was closed down last Thursday, with the creators saying they were given no prior warning. Director Nadia Latif and playwright Omar El-Khairy believe the production was cancelled due to external pressures, claiming both local authorities and police got involved during the development of the play.


As you will read the “Local Authorities” include Tower Hamlets council which cancelled the rental of the original hall as they thought the play might prove “insensitive”.

Insensitive to ISIS I presume.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    They must have gotten a deal on the sets from In Living Color.

  • luna

    Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing…

    “Above all else, the Devil cannot stand to be mocked.” -C. S. Lewis

  • Jay Currie

    Somehow I suspect this will not be a “Springtime for Hitler and Germany” sort of a show.

    • luna

      According to the article it was about the “seductive power” of ISIS ji-hotties on young women in the UK.

      • Jay Currie

        Indeed…Well I suspect this is not the only venue in London and the publicity is golden. they might want to just go ahead and put it up.

        • David Murrell

          I respectfully disagree. During WWII the British dd not put on plays endorsing Adolf Hitler. The posted article, from the left-wing Guardian, does its best to use euphemisms to describe what is a pro-Islamo-nazi play.