Play highlights ‘Jihadi Brides’


Many youngsters are brainwashed to join terror groups, and many join them of their own free will. National theatre’s new play Another World narrates the story of such youths who run away to join the ISIS. . . . reports Subhadrika Sen

Amira Abase,Shamima Begum and Kadiza Sultana join the IS fighters

While the world is terrorised by the ISIS, three ladies leave their home towns and travel all the way to the ISIS territories to join them. This is the essence of the new theatrical production of the National theatre. Titled ‘Another World’, this play is set to open on the 15th of April 2016. The National   theatre is opening its new season of varied theatrical productions. Some of the other titles to hit the stage are Twelfth Night, Angels in America and Anthony and Cleopatra.

Another World is a unique play, in the sense that it highlights the psyche of those youngsters who are drawn towards such terror groups. It throws light on the way young minds work and the decisions that they take. Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, 15 and Kadiza Sultana, 16, were the three young women who left London and flew all the way to join the ISIS territory. According to latest reports, two of them are married to IS fighters.

The aim of this theatre is to make people aware of such instances in the society. Though, the play highlights the story of only three young girls, but there are hundreds in reality who have taken similar decisions in life. Writer Gillian Slovo and director Nicolas Kent have spoken to at least forty odd people whose children or relatives have joined the ISIS just to understand the mind-set of the people. Such research only enhanced the authenticity of the play.

The youngsters joining the IS fighters is a reality in modern world, but a less spoken reality. The chances of sparking controversies on this subject matter have encouraged many people to stay quiet. There had been a previous attempt in highlight instances of a similar nature through a play called ‘Homegrown’ ; but it was cancelled due to its controversial subject.