The Nights by Henry Naylor

  • Gilded Balloon Teviot - Dining Room
  • 16:15
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Gilded Balloon and Redbeard Theatre present...
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes
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A returning Jihadi bride, an Islamophobic journalist, and an antique dealer with a violent past all collide in a dark, timely tale. Three-time Fringe First-winner Naylor is a leading writer on the international Fringe circuit; his plays having won or been nominated for over 35 global awards. 'The Fringe's unofficial star-writer-in-residence' (Mark Lawson, Spectator). 'Naylor seems to have taken the mantle of writers like Athol Fugard: to make theater by telling the stories that matter' ( 'One of our best new writers' (Ann Treneman, Times).

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The Independent (4/5 stars) 59 days ago

The Nights is not such a vintage play by Naylor’s standards, but a thoroughly recommended one by most others’. Inspired by the case of “Isis bride” Shamima Begum, this two-hander stars Caitlin Thorburn as Carter, a crusading journalist and fictional acquaintance of the murdered journalist James Foley. In her haste...

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UK Theatre Web (4/5 stars) 59 days ago

A powerful and well presented piece

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Deadline News (4/5 stars) 60 days ago

Taking Shamima Begum’s appeal to return to the UK following the fall of the Islamic State in 2019 as his starting point, Naylor asks the audience to consider what criteria we should use to determine whether her rights, and the rights of others like her, should be weighed.

This is a tense and tightly choreographed production. Each word and gesture seems to have been carefully thought out and gives the play an almost balletic flow. There are a few nuggets of humour scattered strategically throughout the script to relieve the tension and this is very welcome at times as the play deals with some dark themes.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 63 days ago

The playwright Henry Naylor has won widespread recognition on the Fringe for his well-justified obsession with the catastrophic conflicts that have spread across Iraq, Syria, Yemen and beyond since the United States and Britain marched into Iraq in 2003, and for the series of powerful dramas he has written about...

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Voice Mag (5/5 stars) 64 days ago

The play itself is gripping, dark and psychological in many ways. As a two-man show, it uses these actors in clever ways, to tell the story using effective techniques and allows the audiences to get up close to these characters and their own experiences. The actors portraying these shady characters are Caitlin Thornburn who is currently appearing in Good Omens, and Henry Naylor, actor and playwright who has won and been nominated for 39 international awards.

The show is moving, emotional, tear-inducing and gripping from start to finish. Go see it.

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British Theatre Guide (3/5 stars) 71 days ago

Henry Naylor is a broad-brushstroke writer with a taste for the lyrical. In some ways, he takes us back to the 19th century storytellers. It’s not a surprise that he reminds some of Charles Dickens.He writes with a strong moral purpose, lashings of exaggeration and a yearning to slip into...

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Exeunt 72 days ago

‘Dear Shamima, fuck off.’ Shamima, in this case, being the 15-year-old British “jihadi bride” Shamima Begum who left England in 2015 along with two other female classmates to go to Syria. Famously discovered in a Syrian refugee camp in early 2019, Begum requested that she be returned to Britain. Cue...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (3/5 stars) 73 days ago

There is more than a touch of a ghost story about the latest from Henry Naylor, the writer whose meaty, issue-led plays have won him a firm Fringe following. More than a touch of poetry too. A two hander, it s...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 77 days ago

Critically acclaimed playwright, Henry Naylor, is back at Gilded Balloon with another timely piece of theatre that packs a punch.This year, Naylor grapples with the case of missing schoolgirl, Shamima Begum, her possible return and the revenge that one journalist wants to reap on ISIS soldiers and those in the...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 77 days ago

Macabre memories of the conflicts across the Middle East haunt the disturbed and disturbing dreams of the two main characters in this latest instalment in writer Henry Naylor’s Arabian Nightmares series. The Nights is a bruising play loaded with bleak images that sear themselves into your brain: a polished white...

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