The National Youth Theatre is to stage Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, adapted by Stephanie Street and directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah, at the Yard Theatre, Hackney from 8th to 26th August 2017. The show forms part of the first East End season of three plays including The Host, a new commission by Nessah Muthy – the BBC’s “one-to-watch” – directed by Zoe Lafferty. The National Youth Theatre, the UK’s leading youth arts organisation and a champion for the next generation of acting talent with alumni including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig and Matt Smith to name a few.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is the stage adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel and Hollywood blockbuster. It looks at the ironies of prejudice in a post 9/11 New York, following Pakistani native Changez’s disenchantment with the West and his journey back home to Lahore. The Host is a new commission by Nessah Muthy. Set on a South East London council estate, a Syrian refugee must forge new relationships while battling the memories of his journey to England. The season is completed with Blue Stockings by Olivier Award winning playwright Jessica Swale and which follows the battle at Girton College, Cambridge in 1896 to earn women the right to graduate.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Prasanna Puwanarajah is a writer and director for film, TV and theatre. Prasanna’s debut play Nightwatchman premiered at the National Theatre. His directing credits include Moth (HighTide Festival, Bush Theatre). His short film The Half-Light, which he both wrote and directed also received critical acclaim and awards in film festivals around the world. Prasanna is currently in development on his debut screenplay, V.C., commissioned by Sir Ben Kingsley for Lavender Pictures. He also created an original political drama series called Troll with Riz Ahmed which is in development with Drama Republic.
Stephanie Street is an actor, writer, Literary Associate of HighTide festival and founder member of The Act for Change Project. Street’s theatre credits include Behind the Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre), Nightwatchman (National Theatre); Rough Cuts, Shades (both Royal Court Theatre), Sweet Cider (Arcola), Not the End of the World (Bristol Old Vic) Too Close to Home (Lyric Theatre) and The Vagina Monologues (UK Tour). Her TV credits include: Silk, Lewis, Apparitions and Primeval. Her writing credits include an adaptation of Wuthering Heights (NYT REP season 2015) and Sisters, a verbatim piece which re-opened the Sheffield Crucible Studio in March 2010.
Nessah Muthy is a writer for TV and theatre. She has worked with a number of theatres including the Royal Court and is currently writing plays for HighTide, Pursued By A Bear Productions, Cardboard Citizens and Theatre Centre. For screen, Nessah has written for Holby City, following successful completion of the show’s shadow scheme and has previously written for EastEnders: E20. She is currently developing a number of original ideas and is part of the BBC Drama Writers Scheme for 2016.
Zoe Lafferty is an Associate Director with The Freedom Theatre in Palestine, a director with the Old Vic 12 and Creative Producer with ice&fire. Previous directing credits include Queens of Syria (Young Vic; National Tour), The Siege (Nottingham Playhouse; National Tour), The Keepers of Infinite Space (The Park Theatre), The Fear of Breathing (Finborough Theatre), Concrete Jungle (Riverside Studios) and Alice in Wonderland (The Freedom Theatre, Palestine).
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