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Brown Boys Swim

26 September 2022 to 15 October 2022 Soho Theatre

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Writer Karim Khan examines the pressures that surround young Muslim men in this lyrical, funny and heart-wrenching coming-of-age tale. It centres around best friends Mohsen and Kash who are preparing for their post-school future, but first they need to attend the social event of the year – Jess Denver’s pool party!

Fuelled by halal Haribo, university-minded Mohsen and girl-crazy Kash won’t let the fact they can’t swim stand in their way, and embark on a race to teach themselves how to be at one with the water. But learning how to swim is more than a quick jump in the deep end – Mohsen and Kash must tackle expectations, prejudice and public changing rooms.

Considering how systemic racism and societal pressures can push people along a relentless current, Brown Boys Swim examines how we can be prevented from being and understanding our most authentic selves. This funny and moving play takes a deep dive into communities who are consciously and unconsciously forbidden from spaces like pools – where microaggressions are a sign of something more insidious.

Karim Khan comments, ‘I'm incredibly excited for the play to transfer to Oxford and London, and to see the show take further life in front of more wonderful audiences. Our Edinburgh run was wonderful and beyond my wildest dreams, so I can't wait to embark on the next leg of the journey. I also can't wait to see some desi crowds filling up Soho Upstairs’.

Brown Boys Swim is the recipient of the 2022 Popcorn Writing Award, with judges including Bridgerton’s Luke Thompson and Olivier Award-winning Fleabag producer Francesca Moody. In week two of the Fringe, the production won an esteemed Scotsman Fringe First award, which recognises outstanding new writing at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Further Information: Brown Boys Swim - Soho Theatre

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