Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Theatre: Once We Were Kings (★★½)

Written by Dure Khan
Directed by Mustafa Al Mahdi and Alex Kannis
Featuring Angela Mahlatjie, Solayman Belmihoub and Naomi Denny
Until May 30

Dure Khan’s story of young gay Australian Muslims caught between worlds, Once We Were Kings, burns with the heat of stories that need to be told. It’s impossible to ignore the intensity and sincerity Khan brings to her undertaking, and her writing is steeped in the hard beauty of Islam, the rustle of silk, the tastes of pomegranate and almonds, the call to prayer.   
But it also has to be said that she and her directors, Mustafa Al Mahdi and Alex Kannis, haven’t fashioned this message, and these images, into an effective drama.

Link here to the complete review in The West Australian

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