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BLOOD By Emteaz Hussain at Soho Theatre

Blood Play posterBlood by Emteaz Hussain is a gorgeously confident piece of theatre. Funny, fresh but not without bite, it tells a modern day Romeo and Juliet storyline with a tenderness and honesty that is irresistible.

Caneze (Krupa Pattani) and Sully (Adam Samuel-Bal) meet in the college canteen and fall in love. He’s a Nando’s loving wannabe rapper and she’s a vegetarian conscientious good girl – but their attraction is instant and undeniable. Pattani and Samuel-Bal are a brilliant match, sparking off one another and keeping the pace of the play fast and flowing – and the first half is fun and romantic, filled with lovely observations and imagined trysts. Then things get darker – much darker, but for the most part the pace stays up and there are still some beautiful moments to be found within the darkness. Both actors are creative and believable in their performances and there’s a solo scene from Pattani (No spoilers) that is devastating but so heart-breaking performed that you can’t turn your eyes away from her.

Hussain’s language is a joy – part street, part performance poetry, mixing slang and Sufi poems – there are repetitions and words revisited and I felt like I was being invited into a world that you don’t often get to see on stage. The boy meets girl star crossed lovers story might be old, but Blood feels fresh and new. The play’s infused with Hussain’s voice and that’s key to the feel and the lightness of the piece. Directed with empathy and flair by Esther Richardson the play bounces along and makes you genuinely care about the fate of these two young lovers.

This is a play about family, class, religion – about being downgraded and degraded – a play about loss, longing and a search for a home, a place to belong. Highly recommended – this is a stylishly written and performed play with something to say.

4 stars

Review by Roz Wyllie

BLOOD
By Emteaz Hussain

Soho Theatre
21 Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE
Cast: Krupa Pattani (Caneze) and Adam Samuel-Bal (Sully)
Director: Esther Richardson
Cast: Krupa Pattani (Caneze) and Adam Samuel-Bal (Sully)
Director and Dramaturg: Esther Richardson; Designer: Sara Perks
Lighting Designer: Aideen Malone; Composer and Sound Designer: Arun Ghosh

A 21st century urban love story
love ain’t something you just say
just this word
it’s something you do

Caneze meets Sully in the college canteen. The heat rises over triple chilli sauce in Nando’s. She makes her move in the sweet smoke of a shisha bar. A touchpaper is lit… but neither of them bargained on the lengths to which her brother would go to keep them apart.

BLOOD TOUR DATES
The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
27 March – 11 April
Box Office: 02476553053
www.belgrade.co.uk/

Nottingham Playhouse
23 – 25 April
Box Office:  0115 941 9419

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Soho Theatre
28 April – 17 May
Box office: 020 7478 0100

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Birmingham Repertory Theatre
19 – 23 May
Box office: 0121 236 4455
http://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/

Bradford Theatre
28 – 29 May
Box Office: 01274730077

Redbridge Drama Centre
1-2 June
Box Office: 020 8708 8800

Pegasus Theatre, Oxford
5 – 6 June
Box Office: 01865812150

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
9 June
Box Office: 01204 520661
www.octagonbolton.co.uk

Tron Theatre, Glasgow
11 – 13 June
Box Office: 0141 552 4267
www.tron.co.uk/

Derby Theatre
19 – 20 June
Box Office: 01332 59 39 39
www.derbytheatre.co.uk/

Luton Hat Factory
24 June
Box Office: 01582 878100
www.lutonculture.com/hat-factory/

Curve, Leicester
26 – 27 June
Box office: 0116 242 3595
http://www.curveonline.co.uk/

Wednesday 13th May 2015

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