Bismillah! An Isis Tragicomedy ★★★★✰
I’ve never really been a fan of theatre with just one set (or no set in this case) and two people, to me it always seemed a bit boring and not a lot of people could get away with it, not that it was the actors fault, the writing was just not up to scratch, so when I got asked to attend Bismillah! An Isis Tragicomedy I was little apprehensive.
Currently being shown at the Vaults near Waterloo, it was the perfect setting for what was meant to be a holding cell for Isis and as you walk in and take your seat there’s already something happening. The solider is tied to a pole in the middle of the stage with a bag over his head, he’s struggling. As people take their seats the soldier carries on.
Bismillah, written by Matthew Grenhough who also plays the prisoner of Isis soldier is a perfect mix of comedy and true horror. The IS soldier played by Elliot Liburd arrives with food and water and the show starts, conversation flows between the two and they find themselves bonding over shifts at Weatherspoons and a £4.39 meal deal at the airport.
It soon becomes clear however, that Liburd’s character has some issues with himself as he starts to lose his temper, you can see the confidence in Grenbough’s character leave his body as he suddenly becomes a terrified little boy.
Both actors did the words for Grenbough well, it was thought provoking, how well do you really know somebody? How different are we to them? Just because the news reports one thing does it make it true?
Never before have I been gripped so much in 75 minutes watching a conversation between two people then I have seeing this show. First staged in 2015 means some things a little out dated but it works, even the over use of pop culture but that’s was makes this show what it is.
Bismillah! An Isis Tragicomedy is currently showing at the Vault Festival until the 4th March 2018. Get your tickets quick.