Tea with Terrorists - comedy review

Sameena Zehra’s ‘Tea with Terrorists’ is a one woman powerhouse of a show. It probes issues of identity, family and status using keenly observed humour that takes you on a wonderful journey to Kabul via Kashmir, India by way of West Norwood, South London.

Zehra speaks nostalgically of growing up in Kashmir, from her realisation that she was an atheist in a religious yet liberal household, to the effect on her life of being a silent witness as her family and friends coped with increasing bouts of violence within the Kashmir region due to growing unrest and insurgency.

It is an enthralling hour of unique storytelling comedy that cuts to the heart of what it means to be ‘other’. In her own words, Sameena Zehra does not ‘do knob jokes’, but she does shine an incisive light on class, culture and opportunity combining shrewd observation with a very disarming delivery style.

Tea with Terrorists is part of the Camden Fringe Festival.

© Pamela Jikiemi 2013

‘Tea with Terrorists’,
Written and performed by Sameena Zehra
Dandelion Café, 96 Parkway, Camden NW1 7AN
8.30pm £8 / £6 conc
August 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th 2013


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