ON MULTITUDES

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We are in Bradford, shortly after a fractious general election, and with the country about to go to war in the Middle East. The Conservatives are holding their party conference in the city. Protestors gather in an Occupy-like camp outside the conference hall.

Kash, a liberal Muslim, a local councillor, and a wannabe MP, is preparing to address the Tory conference about the need to build trust between communities. His white partner Natalie secretly converts to Islam, much to Kash’s shock. Natalie’s battleaxe of a mother Lyn is fond of Kash but gives vent to UKIP-style tirades lamenting a lost England. Kash’s teenage daughter Qadira becomes ‘radicalised’ and is persuaded to carry out an act of protest in the Conservative Party conference.

Actor John Hollingworth’s first full-length play Multitudes, which has just ended a run at London’s Tricycle Theatre, may sound dull and worthy. Actually, it is fast…

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