Thursday 22 August 2013 | By James Hampson
ED2013 Theatre Review: Ali J (Evam India and Richard Jordan Productions)
Ali J is fenced in by iron columns and ominously dangling nooses; but it doesn’t dampen his spirits. Despite his impending execution, Ali begins his story bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as he fondly and beautifully recalls getting a job, falling in love, then travelling to London to be educated, under the constant shadow of Islamophobia. The play is both heartfelt and cerebral as it paints a picture of an India still living in the wake of brutal partition following independence, simultaneously telling the story of one man and millions of people. The writing is never simplistic but always open, and uttered with a joy of life that can only come to those facing death. Sublime.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug, 12.30pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [James Hampson]