If ‘Islam’ comes from ‘peace’, how can you fear peace?
Peaceophobia is an unapologetic response to rising Islamophobia around the world. Part car-meet part-theatre, the show explores how you find peace in a world that tells you who you are.
Growing up in the shadow of the Bradford Riots, 9/11 and police harassment, cars and faith are a sanctuary, an escape, an expression for three Muslim Pakistani men. Ali, Sohail and Casper are taking control of the narratives around their religion, their city, and their cars.
Staged in a carpark with a Supra, a Golf and a classic Nova, Peaceophobia brings together cars and theatre with cinematic lighting and an original electronic sound score.
Conceived in Bradford and co-directed by young women from Speakers’ Corner Collective and award-winning theatre company Common Wealth, co-written by acclaimed playwright Zia Ahmed and Bradford Modified Club, in co-production with Fuel.
Performed by Mohammad Ali Yunis, Casper Ahmed, and Sohail Hussain
Written by Zia Ahmed with Mohammad Ali Yunis, Casper Ahmed, and Sohail Hussain
Directed by Evie Manning, Iram Rehman, Sajidah Shabir, Rosema Nawaz, Mariyah Kayat, Madeyah Khan, and Maleehah Hussain
Sound Designer & Composer – Wojciech Rusin
Additional technical support from Erik Perera and Ross Flight. Photography by Karol Wyszynski.
Peaceophobia is supported by Bradford 2025, Blueprint: Without Walls R&D Investment Fund, Co-Creating Change, Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Pears Foundation and Fenton Arts Trust.
‘An ambitious, accomplished, immersive production that intersects community, culture and cars’ – The Stage ★★★★
‘Asks us to see beyond the noisy engines and throbbing bass from the sound systems to really see the people behind the wheel’ – North West End ★★★★
‘a rare – and often funny – peek into the psyches of British Muslim men and a shocking reminder of what two decades of Islamophobic media coverage and government policy has delivered’ – The Guardian
‘not just a show celebrating a passion which brings people together, but a depiction of the tension and scrutiny that passion comes under, when its proponents are forced beneath an oppressive lens’ – Exeunt Magazine
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