[The Cobbled Streets of Geneva]

Ellandar Productions & 45 North

11 — 16 Feb
Cage - The Vaults, Leake Street
1hr 00m
Asian Voices LGBTQ+ New Writing
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References to Homophobia, Islamophobia, sexual assault, and violence.
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[The Cobbled Streets of Geneva]

A queer British-Muslim romantic comedy.

Adham is a silent and brooding middle-aged tragedy, standing outside a Mosque in North London. Waiting. It’s raining. Tea, an umbrella, and friendship arrive.

Two years later Adham’s boss invites him on holiday to “set him up”. Panic-stricken and wanting to bat away her advances he fabricates a husband, but when the plan backfires he’s got to convince someone to act the part... Who best but his Imam and absolutely platonic friend Raushan? The rest is what you’d expect: a call to adventure in the Alps, a quarrel, and a sweet queer love story that ends in gardening gloves.

Nemo Martin’s [The Cobbled Streets of Geneva] is a warm queer romantic comedy about how role-playing new lives might bring us closer to who we really are.


“It is a gentling of story, a caretaking of truths that invites revelation, and the result is utterly beautiful.” - Jenifer Toksvig.

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About Ellandar Productions & 45 North


Ellandar are a narrative focused multidisciplinary company that produce new theatre which strives to be diverse and inclusive in form and content. Founded in Western Australia in 2010 by Elliott Cook and Iskandar R. Sharazuddin they have produced award-winning work throughout Australia and internationally in the USA and South Africa. Ellandar permanently relocated to the United Kingdom in 2017. Recent & upcoming work includes: 'Tiger Mum' (Soho Theatre, Soho Rising) '(un)written · (un) heard' (Fringe World Festival 2020, Western Australia); 'Post-Mortem' (Assembly Festival, Edinburgh Fringe) and 'Silently Hoping' (VAULT Festival 2019 & Applecart Arts).

45North champions, develops and produces work by women, trans and non-binary people. Led by artists from a variety of performing and producing backgrounds, they continue to reinvest in emerging creatives who are beginning and expanding their practices. 45North take risks to challenge ideas of self and the world in which we live and encourage audiences to do the same. Recent work includes: 'Post-Mortem' (Assembly Festival, Edinburgh Fringe); '(un)written · (un) heard' (Fringe World Festival 2020, Western Australia); 'Leave a Message' (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Fringe); and ' Meat' (Theatre 503).


Nemo Martin is a non-binary British East Asian writer and theatre-maker with an MA in Dramatic Writing from Central Saint Martins, University of Arts London. They regularly write on LGBTQI+ representation in theatre as well as multiple-marginalisation and intersectionality. They are a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway specialising on positive representations of race and transgender identity. Their play Pitch & Cologne was shortlisted for BBC Writers Room, American Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries, and The Pleasance’s Charlie Hartill Prize.

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Written by Nemo Martin (@zeus_japonicus)
Directed by Jo Tyabji (@JoTyabji)

Ashley Alymann – Adham (@ashleyalymann)
Shiraz Khan – Raushan (@ActorShirazKhan)

Mwen – sound designer (@MwenMusic)
Will Alder – lighting designer (@WillAlder)
Soofiya – graphic designer (@SoofiyaC)

Produced by Ellandar Productions & 45 North (@_ellandar || @forty_fivenorth)
Supported by Applecart Arts (@ApplecartArts)

[The Cobbled Streets of Geneva]

Ellandar Productions & 45 North

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[The Cobbled Streets of Geneva]

Ellandar Productions & 45 North

Press & Reviews

For [The Cobbled Streets of Geneva]:

‘This is a really lovely romantic comedy playing with the image of men holding hands, and playing out into a light investigation of how role-playing new lives might bring us closer to how we really want to live. [...] Raushan and Adham feel like original and refreshing representations of Asian men. [...] Raushan vocally captioning the holiday pictures provides a clever theatrical way for us to see Geneva, while also connecting with a theme of the play - that what we see and what we say, how things appear and how they are, are sometimes different things, and sometimes not, after all.’ - Ifrah Ismail and Deirdre O’Halloran for Bush Theatre

‘Nemo treats their characters considerately, which allows them to slowly and respectfully reveal the truth. Some writers mine with explosives to find precious seams, and some dig with shovels to plant seeds. Nemo excavates with brush and water, and the delicacy of that process is evident in the result: finely-observed characters, revealed through layers of complex and detailed personal histories. It is a gentling of story, a caretaking of truths that invites revelation, and the result is utterly beautiful.’ -Jenifer Toksvig

"Praise for previous work"

Three Weeks Edinburgh ★★★★★ “... a brilliant script and captivating physical theatre.”

The Mumble ★★★★★ “Post-Mortem was like eating a bar of dark chocolate, rich and sweet as young love with bitter notes of loss and grief.”

Broadway Baby ★★★★ “... ingenious [... ] this Post-Mortem is full of life.”

The List ★★★★ “Far from being dead on arrival, Post-Mortem is smart, tender, and captivating theatre.”

[The Cobbled Streets of Geneva]

Ellandar Productions & 45 North

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