The Djinns of Eidgah

Theatre (contemporary, international)

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  • Sweet Grassmarket - Grassmarket 1
  • 16:15
  • Aug 18
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Bread Theatre and Film Company, University of Cambridge
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience Participation, Scenes of Violence
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
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A moving tale of lives affected by conflict in Kashmir. Teenage footballers Bilal and Khaled attempt to understand what it means to be free in the most densely militarised region in the world. Psychiatrist Dr. Baig, setting out to cure a nation of its rage, struggles against his dead son's accusations. Will the shapeshifting Djinns that loom between the spirit realm and the real ever be contained in the Eidgah, or will they continue to haunt the land? Bring your ID. Fresh from a sold-out 5-star run at Cambridge.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Audiences arrive at box office on ground floor. Audiences can use the lifts to the mezzanine level, where there is space to wait for the show to be ready and for the space to open. Audiences are called by FOH through one door to an internal foyer where all our spaces and toilets are. Audiences are directed to the correct room for their show. Any audience member who would like early access or first seating can mention this to box office staff when they arrive.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Benita 5 days ago

incredibly well acted play covering a range of emotions over the very difficult subject of the conflict in Kashmir. Exceedingly thought provoking and intensely emotional - a play that left its mark on me long after i left the venue.

Vahni Capildeo 10 days ago

War. Identity. Football. Ghosts. Five stars for The Djinns of Eidgah. Go to see it, and you will be torn between laughing, marvelling, and weeping. This drama of ‘in-betweenness’ is set in the famously distinctive region of Kashmir, itself in a state of in-betweenness, claimed by both Pakistan and India. Characters move in between graveyard, household, street, and hospital; in between sanity, madness, and the higher insanity; in between radical comradeship and ordinary friendship. The language is alight with all kinds of possibilities, flickering between life and death. There are traditional modes of storytelling opening into genuine, starry lyricism; the staccato of PTSD-fuelled aggression giving way to sick comedy; and more. You can enjoy this production on so many levels: as a story of childhood and athletic ambition; as a story of conflict and adult betrayals. The casting is brave and splendidly convincing, with actors inhabiting their roles successfully across lines of gender and race. This 2013 play, which openly shows the effects of Indian military occupying forces, gains new resonance in today’s situation. An absolute must-see.

Mizuho Hashimoto 10 days ago

Amazing acting and a haunting script – thought-provoking and complex.

Gemma Chapman 12 days ago

An incredible show, electric with tension and superbly acted. The subject is haunting, but so thoughtfully delivered. It keeps returning to my thoughts!

Michael Harley 14 days ago

A mix of the mystical, the practical day to day with the overhanging spectre of threat and violence. Beautifully performed with notable characters brought to stunning life.

Julie Damborg 15 days ago

Such an amazing show! Really moving and sadly too topical at the moment.
The acting is excellent and the show well-directed. Definitely one of the highlights of my fringe!

Alhasan Al-Habib 19 days ago

An absolutely astonishing play: fantastic acting, superb staging and an absolutely brilliant script. This play stays with you for a long time and I cannot recommend it enough!

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The Feminist Fringe (4/5 stars) 1 day ago

The play gives a small window into the struggles facing the people in Kashmir today, who are still seeking freedom 70 years on. The play shows the strength and bravery of those living in Kashmir, both then and now. Most importantly, the play demonstrated that until the conflict ends, the Kashmiri people will never truly be free.

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Lew's Reviews (5/5 stars) 5 days ago

Overall, I'm absolutely infatuated with this. If you have the time, go and see it. You won't regret it.

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Young Perspective (5/5 stars) 5 days ago

A quietly and viscerally convincing look at the current uncertainty in Kashmir. Excellently acted and unendingly interesting. I cannot recommend this show enough.

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Lothian Life (4/5 stars) 5 days ago

A powerful, moving piece of theatre that’s essential for anyone wishing to know more about the conflict and raise awareness. Bread, the company behind The Djinns, has provided further information on the situation via Al-Jazeera.

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The List (3/5 stars) 8 days ago

A production that improves as it moves towards tragedy...

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The Student Newspaper (4/5 stars) 10 days ago

"...a beautiful, personal, unique piece of political theatre. It gives a chance to understand the brutality of an oppressive regime, breathing life and humanity into the recent news reports."

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 12 days ago

The Djinns of Eidgah was written by Abhishek Majumdar in 2013. But as this show makes its debut at the Fringe this year, the timing couldn’t be more right. Kashmir valley has seen continuous violence and military presence since the 1947 India-Pakistan partition. Last week, the Indian government blacked out all...

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Ed Fringe Review (3/5 stars) 16 days ago

A hard-hitting visceral drama, The Djinns of Eidgah is deeply moving and frightfully relevant....

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