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August 5-6, 2024


Staged Reading: The Martyrs

Joseph Samimi & Nojan Khazai

A new play reading of a darkly comic, British-Iranian thriller about hitmen, activists and Persian Discotheques.

Ali & Abbas are childhood friends and veterans of the Iran Iraq war. Now working as hitmen for the Iranian government they travel the world taking out enemies of the Ayatollah.

When a mission to London goes terribly wrong, their allegiances are tested as they come face to face with Leyla; a British Iranian journalist and women’s rights activist on a quest to bring down the regime.

Set in the late 90’s and inspired by the ongoing “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement, The Martyrs is a dark satire about tyranny, activism and what it means to be a Martyr.


August 5, 7pm

August 6, 7pm

Part of the Camden Fringe Festival





Directed by Sepy Baghei (Boy with two hearts, National Theatre), written by and starring Joseph Samimi (Get Millie Black, HBO) & Nojan Khazai (English, RSC)


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

Content Warnings: Flashing Lights, Swearing, Violence, Kidnapping, Murder, Interrogation, War, References to torture and sexism

Suitable for ages: 16 and over


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