Cosh builds a memorable farce

HASSAN, a second generation Turk, leads a blissful, if somewhat eccentric bachelor life in London s suburbs. The building work on his extension is progressing well and his father s wealth ensures gainful employment does not interfere too much in a life r

HASSAN, a second generation Turk, leads a blissful, if somewhat eccentric bachelor life in London's suburbs.

The building work on his extension is progressing well and his father's wealth ensures gainful employment does not interfere too much in a life replete with wine, women and self-imposed amnesia.

That is until he wakes up one morning to the devastating realisation that something happened the night before that could have the direst consequences for him and his care-free lifestyle - something he just can't quite remember!

Like any great farce, events soon spiral out of control as two families with very different Muslim beliefs clash, and insults and accusations start to fly. Throw in a Jewish builder, a transgender Asian houseboy, a politically correct policeman and an Englishman convinced that every hijab hides a terrorist and things can only go from bad to worse.


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The Great Extension, opening at the Theatre Royal, Stratford, on Friday, was written by Cosh Omar.

His previous play at the theatre was The Battle of Green Lanes, a play about the spread of Islamic fundamentalism in Britain's urban melting pots which drew worldwide media attention with both CNN and Al-Jazeera filming in the theatre.

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The Great Extension runs until November 14. Performances start at 7.30pm. Tickets range from �14 to �20.

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