Royal Court reveals cast for Word-Play

Rabiah Hussain’s new play Word-Play has announced casting, ahead of its run at the Royal Court this July.

Directed by Nimmo Ismail, the cast includes Issam Al Ghussain, Kosar Ali, Simon Manyonda, Sirine Saba and Yusra Warsama.

Exploring the top-down structures of language and their far-reaching, long-lasting consequences,Word-Play is running at the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs from 20 July to Saturday 26 August 2023.

The creative team also includes design by Rosanna Vize, with lighting design by Jamie Platt. The composer and sound designer is XANA, the movement director is Ken Nakajima and the casting director is Isabella Odoffin. The voice coach is Emma Woodvine, the assistant director is Aneesha Srinivasan and the associate designer is Alys Whitehead.

In the Downing Street Press Office an emergency meeting has been called. The Prime Minister has been ad-libbing on live TV (again) and his words are going viral. There is a flurry of accusations, and demands for an apology; but as the team debate what to do next, it’s already too late. His words have found their way to dinner parties, bus journeys and newspaper columns across the nation – and not everyone is angry.

Playwright Rabiah Hussain said in a statement: “Word-Play unpacks the power of political language. And explores how it travels across society, landing in different places before seeping into the public consciousness. You can expect the play to be everything that words themselves are – light, heavy, powerful and questioning. Alongside a wonderful team of cast and creatives, I am so excited to share this exploration of language with people.”

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📷 Main photo: Word-Play - Casting. Clockwise, from top left: Issam Al Ghussain, Kosar Ali, Simon Manyonda, Sirine Saba, Yusra Warsama. Photos by Johan Persson.

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