Silently Hoping
Silently Hoping
Past Performance
In The Theatre
November 27th - November 30th 2019

“I know it’s not my fault, but every time someone asks me where my name is from it feels like I’ve done something to make them think, I don’t belong here.”

Kalila Masri is a woman on the cusp of thirty and a life-changing decision, will she have a child with her partner, Charlotte? She wants to say yes. She does say yes. But Kalila has always struggled with reconciling her identity as British with being a Muslim. Her mother is concerned she can’t handle it, Charlotte is convinced everything will be fine, and both of them just want Kalila to finally commit to... something.

An out of the blue confrontation with her estranged father completely derails Kalila and she is left asking the big existential question: Who am I?

She’s a Londoner, she’s British-Asian, she’s a millennial, she’s fallen in love with a woman, and she’s a Muslim. But what does all that mean and what does she really want? And is it too late to figure that out?

A new play by Iskandar R. Sharazuddin and directed by Mingyu Lin that looks at what it means to come from a mixed cultural heritage. A piece that explores identity, class, and faith through interpersonal dynamics and character led writing.

Wednesday 27th - Saturday 30th November | 7:30pm 
*Please note the show will begin at 8:00pm on Thursday 28th*
Run time: 2 hrs with interval
Pay more £12
Regular ticket £10
Pay less £8


About Ellandar Productions:
Co-founded by Elliott Cook & Iskandar R. Sharazuddin, Ellandar Productions is a narrative focused multidisciplinary company that produces new theatre and film which strives to be diverse and inclusive in form and content. Founded in Western Australia (W.A) in 2010, Ellandar permanently relocated to London in 2017.

Previous & upcoming work includes: (un)written · (un)heard by Jessica Rose McVay, Iona Kirk, & Iskandar R. Sharazuddin (Fringe World Festival 2020, W.A); Tiger Mum by Eva Edo (Soho Theatre & VAULT Festival 2020); [The Cobbled Streets of Geneva] by Nemo Martin (Applecart Arts ShoutOut Festival & VAULT Festival 2020); Post-Mortem by Iskandar R. Sharazuddin (Assembly Festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2019); Silently Hoping by Iskandar R. Sharazuddin (VAULT Festival 2019 & Arcola Theatre); Multiverse Theory in D by Jessica Messenger (The Blue Room Theatre, W.A); and Concussion by Ross Mueller (The Blue Room Theatre, W.A).

Read more in Creative Team
Twitter: @_ellandar

Previous praise for Ellandar Productions:
★★★★★ “Once seen, this sensitive and profound show leaves an impression that is hard to shake off.” - Sue In The Stalls
★★★★ “Ingenious” – Broadway Baby
★★★★ “Ellandar presents another work that appeals on many levels, simply designed, cleverly written, and intelligently performed.” - Arts Hub Australia
★★★★★ Three Weeks Edinburgh
★★★★ Australian Stage
★★★★ The List

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Creative Team
Iskandar R. Sharazuddin Playwright

Iskandar is a British-Southeast Asian playwright and theatre maker; he is an alumna of the Soho Theatre Writers Lab & Criterion New Writing Programme. He is the 2014 recipient of the Soho Theatre Tony Craze Playwriting Award for The Life of Cardboard. In 2015 he was long-listed for the Bruntwood Playwriting Prize in the Top 100 Plays. He has worked in development with Soho Theatre, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and the Criterion Theatre (West End). He has been shortlisted for the Old Vic 12, Off West End Adopt a Playwright, and the Bread & Roses Playwriting Award.

Recent work includes: Post-Mortem (Assembly Festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2019); Silently Hoping (VAULT 2019); The Apologists (VAULT 2019); Élan & Mort (White Bear Theatre); and If & When (Soho Theatre & Oxford School of Drama).

Twitter: @irsharazuddin

Mingyu Lin Director

Mingyu is an award-winning British East Asian stage director and filmmaker. She is an alumna of The Royal Court Theatre Writers Programme and a graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She recently assisted Michael Boyd on The King of Hell’s Palace by award-winning playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig for Hampstead Theatre and Kim Pearce on Forgotten by Daniel York Loh for Plymouth Theatre Royal & Arcola Theatre.

Recent work includes: No Bond So Strong by Olivia Winteringham (SAMPAD & mac Birmingham); Before The Wall by Chris Ruffle (Gilded Balloon); Does My Bomb Look Big in This? by Nyla Levy (Tamasha Theatre, Soho Theatre, UK Tour); Grotto by Claire Walmsley (National Theatre Studios); Silently Hoping by Iskandar R. Sharazuddin (VAULT Festival 2019 & Arcola Theatre); A Sweet Life / One Last Time by Guleraana Mir (One Fest, The Space); She Was Never Lost by Allie Costa (Glass Splinters, The Pleasance); Twenty-One, Sixty-Five by Jules Orcullo (earth. at Lyric Hammersmith); Comfort Women by Lucy Sheen (Women & War Festival, Streatham Hill Theatre ‒ rehearsed reading); Finding Chinatown by David Henry Huang (Pokfulam Productions & Theatre 503); Hear Me Now (Tamasha Theatre & Rich Mix); and Rice Paper Tales (Trikhon Theatre, The Albany, & mac Birmingham).

Twitter: @MingyuLin