It’s the summer of 2005, and Ismail – ‘Smiley’ to his schoolmates – is about to become the youngest-ever member of his elite public school’s First XI cricket team. A star player full of ambition and talent, he sets his sights on immortality – breaking the school batting record and getting his name into Wisden. But at the start of the season, new coach Mr. Eagles takes a particular dislike to him, for reasons Ismail can’t quite put his finger on. Desperate to prove himself, he runs into a patch of poor form at just the wrong time. Bad luck on the pitch leads to issues off it too, and Ismail finds that no one – friends, family, teammates – seems to get what he’s going through.

Set during England’s famous Ashes victory and the events of 7/7, Ismail discovers that cricket might not be able to take care of everything as it once did.

Important Information

Age recommendation: 12+

Content warnings: racial slurs, swearing, bullying, police violence, Islamophobia. The show makes reference to the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London, and features a scene set in a holding cell at a police station.

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Performance Times

Now taking bookings for performances up until Sat 15th July 2023.

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Arcola Theatre - Studio 2 Details

Buses Icon Bus routes: 149, 242, 6, 243, 38, 56, 30, 277

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Arcola Theatre - Studio 2 Location

24 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL
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Arcola Theatre - Studio 2, London

Running time: 1h 25m (no interval)

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