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April 20, 2024



Mohammedally Shushtari

Work in progress sharing of a modern, reimagined telling of the Arabian classic "Layla and Majnun", set in London.

MAJNUN (verb, noun) - a state of crazed obsessive love, a madman. Synonymous with Qays, a character from the classic tale of 'Layla & Majnun'.


Amir wants a love that transcends the ages. Sofiya wants to change the game. When their worlds collide in the perfume aisle of Selfridges an impossible love is resurrected. We all know the stories, but is such love possible in today's world? Are you crazy to even consider it?


Inspired by the classic Layla and Majnun story this urgent look at contemporary romance from Mohammedally Shushtari asks us to engage with the Majnun in all of us.


Running time: 90 minutes with no interval.



Writer & playing Amir - Mohammedally Shushtari

Mohammedally is an actor & writer of Yemeni-Iranian heritage born and raised in London.


Playing Sofiya

Iman Boujelouah is an actress of mixed North African and South Asian heritage, born and raised in South London.  She began acting in youth theatres across London, including the Arcola Academy and the Almeida Young Company.  She then went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2023 from the BA Acting programme.  Her credits include the British rom-com What’s Love Got to Do with It?, and a variety of fringe theatre productions.  Iman also enjoys writing for stage and screen and notably completed the 4Screenwriting course in 2022.


Director - Alessandro Babalola

Producer - Mohammedally Shushtari & Malachi Pullar-Latchman

Assistant Director - Madison Stock


Estimated running time

90 minutes

Performance times


Ticket prices

£12, £10 (Concessions)


Full-time students, those aged under 16, senior citizens, the unwaged, members of Equity and BECTU


Theatro Technis is fully wheelchair accessible. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome in the auditorium. There is a Loop system fitted in the main auditorium. If you have any questions or specific requests, please email



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