A god who can speak

Plot/Synopsis: A very imaginative Mohamed, who happens to be gay and Muslim, is in a big mess. Something’s very wrong as he can’t move his limbs and people are rushing around him in slow motion. Also, he can’t hear anything. As he tries to remember what happened to him, he starts recalling people and memories, including his ex boyfriend, who called him ‘mental’ at some point (why was that?), and his mute and deaf brother, who was a huge inspiration for him as he taught him how to experience God through silence. We learn that Mohamed is from a country where his sexual orientation is considered illegal and immoral, and this, together with the separation from his family, eventually drove him to take a very drastic decision leading to a tragic demise. ‘A god who can speak’ is a dramatic piece with comedic interludes from Mr Charon, the bored and frustrated otherworldly being who interacts with the audience, desperately trying to get them to form a queue, revealing to them that they are all dead without much pomp and ceremony, and is supposed to help them on in the afterlife. But the audience is, instead, and much to Charon’s dismay, transported back and forth through time, between his sorting office and the time around their death (and Mohamed’s), until they will find out exactly what happened to them all.

Themes and style: ‘A god who can speak’ explores the intersectionalities of being LGBTQ+ and Muslim and also mute/deaf and Muslim. One of its aim is to bring the audience to reflect upon healthy spirituality as opposed to fundamentalist religion and terrorism. It tackles several ‘othering’ issues, such as homophobia, islamophobia, xenophobia and ableism. It also places a spotlight on mental health and the importance of a secular government and the welcoming of refugees in Western countries. It’s a semi-immersive solo show, a dramedy, with partial use of British Sign Language and with a pace varying between fast and funny all the way to calm and poetic, ranging from quick dialogues to intense monologues.

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Genre

Dramedy

Type

Solo show / One-man show, Semi-Immersive, Partial use of BSL

Length

50'

Style

Fast-paced, intense, monologue, dialogue, witty, metaphysical

Supported by

Peter Tatchell Foundation,

Deaf Rainbow UK

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