The Review: This adaptation comes direct from the West End with Jane Horrocks and Ayub Khan Din, the play’s writer, heading a cracking cast.
By the interval, I was enjoying the play but felt somehow disappointed. The second half ramps things up, though, and you realise that the jokes and light banter of the first half are papering over the family’s fear, anger and rebellion.
There are some very funny moments here but the overall tone is startlingly dark, the father switching from humorous berating to full-on abuse within a second, wanting the best for his family but blinded by his faith.
The Verdict: In turns funny, sad and tragic, the potency of this piece is how these sit side by side.