By maatin

Part of 37 Plays, a national playwriting project to create a series of 37 brand new plays that reflect the world we live in today.


Zaid returns home a washed-up actor with nothing to show for himself but a manuscript, Jihadi: The Musical, a powerful satire set to reimagined versions of Will Smith’s biggest hits, that no one wants any part of. He finds his best friend Abdul struggling to save their local mosque from collapse. Zaid, Abdul, and their friends risk it all to try and save the mosque, resurrect Zaid’s career, and challenge Islamophobia in their town.

Playwright age category: 18+


Mark Ravenhill, playwright

"It's asking difficult questions but it's laugh out loud, it’s open hearted, there’s a lot of celebration, a lot of joy. I really wanted to be there with an audience."

Number 37 on multicolour background

About the playwright

maatin is a playwright, screenwriter, and dramaturg who focuses on Muslim storytelling. Duck, his debut play, ran at the Arcola Theatre in London in 2023. He is currently under commission from BBC Radio 4, and developing projects for TV and film. maatin was selected for the Hampstead Theatre's INSPIRE new writing programme 2020/21, nominated for the Edinburgh TV Festival's New Voice Awards 2021, and longlisted for BBC Comedy Room 2020. His play, Friday at the masjid was also longlisted for both the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2022 and the Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate Award 2022.

In partnership with The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford