Chaos - Southwark Playhouse - 2005
Chaos: Mr Rizvi wants to be a local councillor. His disapproving wife is slowly loosing her grip. Auntie Moona, the friendly neighbour always turns up when least wanted. His eldest son harbours a guilty secret. And then his youngest son announces he plans to go and fight in Afghanistan. Mr Rizvi’s dreams of a united world are thrown into turmoil by events following 9/11.
A dark frantic comedy about the collapse of understanding, both personal and political, in a world on the brink of madness.
The two Rizvi boys Salim and Babar, have been defined by their parents as 'goody-goody' and 'lafanga' respectively, but their true characters turn out to be quite different. Azma Dar deliberately delves into the world of secret unmentionables that exist in so many Asian families. She unleashes the demons ultimately allowing resolution to occur. Played by Damian Asher and Marc Elliott, who recently appeared together in The Maids for the Naach Theatre Company, Salim and Babar are convincing stereotypes that deliver the author's astute observations well; not to mention the fact that Elliott is utterly gorgeous and would look just fine on the big screen Extract from review of Chaos by Azma Dar - May 2005