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The Reluctant Fundamentalist plays at Summerhall from 14th Aug

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist runs at Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer, from 14 – 26 August… reports Asian Lite News

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The stage adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel and Hollywood blockbuster film The Reluctant Fundamentalist runs at Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer, from 14 – 26 August, directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah (Doctor Foster, Patrick Melrose) and adapted by Stephanie Street (Behind the Beautiful Forevers). The production looks at the ironies of prejudice and representation in a post 9/11 New York, revealing the tensions that define contemporary politics.

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Having received its world premiere with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain (NYT) in 2016 and following two sell-out London runs and a recent appearance at the Bradford Literature Festival, NYT now presents the Edinburgh debut of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

Prasanna Puwanarajah is an actor, director and writer, recently seen on television as James Mohan in the award-winning Doctor Foster (BBC) and as Johnny Hall in Patrick Melrose starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sky Atlantic/Showtime), and on stage in Absolute Hell (National Theatre). Other TV credits include Critical (Sky1), You, Me and the Apocalypse (Sky1/NBC), Silk (BBC), and the upcoming BBC 2 comedy Defending the Guilty.

Stephanie Street is an actor, writer, Literary Associate of HighTide festival and founder member of The Act for Change Project. Street’s theatre credits include Behind the Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre), Nightwatchman (National Theatre); Rough Cuts, Shades (both Royal Court Theatre), Sweet Cider (Arcola), Not the End of the World (Bristol Old Vic) Too Close to Home (Lyric Theatre) and The Vagina Monologues (UK Tour). Her TV credits include: Silk, Lewis, Apparitions and Primeval.