Don’t Panic I’m Islamic

Wed 26th Jul 2017
7:30pm | 10:30pm curfew
Tickets: £8.50
Age restrictions: 18+
Presented by Saqi Books

3 Participants. 2 Judges. 1 Visa Approval. (And many levels of hilarity in between, inshallah!)

How can you tell if your neighbour is speaking Muslim? Is a mosque a kind of hedgehog? Can I get fries with that burka? You can’t trust the media any longer, but there’s no need to fret: this gameshow will answer all your questions.

Join us as contestants Omar Hamdi, Esther Manito and Amrou Al-Kadhi battle it out to win a visa. They will be judged on their wit and words by Bidisha and Karl Sharro (AKA, Karl Remarks) as they fulfil various challenges, including answering green card application questions, delivering Fox News-approved headlines in the style of Sean Spicer and performing stand up.

Who will be allowed to stay and who will be sent home in shame (electronics in hold)?

This event will mark the launch of the satirical collection, Don’t Panic I’m Islamic: Words and Pictures on How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Alien Next Door, published by Saqi Books in partnership with Arts Council England and the Arab British Centre.

Omar Hamdi is a Welsh-Egyptian TV presenter, comedian and writer. He has performed at festivals and events around the world and won a BAFTA among other awards.

Esther Manito is an up and coming Lebanese-British comedian. She has been listed as ‘One to watch’ 2016 by Funny Women and will be taking her first solo show to Edinburgh Fringe this summer.

Amrou Al-Kadhi is a British-Iraqi writer, performer, filmmaker and drag queen. He performs with musical comedy drag troupe Denim, and is currently working on a comedy TV series and a feature film which are in development with Channel 4 and the BBC.

Bidisha is a writer, journalist and broadcaster specialising in social justice, international affairs, gender and the arts. She is a Trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation.

Karl Sharro is an architect, satirist and commentator on the Middle East. His blog Karl reMarks has been featured in The Guardian, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal and Al-Jazeera to name but a few.

Produced by Tamsyn Kelly.