The North Wall presents:

Brown Boys Swim

Written by Karim Khan Tue 3 – Sat 7 Oct 23 75 minutes
Broadway Baby
Financial Times
The Stage
Best friends Mohsen and Kash are gearing up for the biggest night of their lives – Jess Denver's pool party. There's just one problem... they can't swim.

Fuelled by halal Haribo and chicken wings, the pair throw themselves in at the deep end, tackling cramped cubicles and cold showers as they learn how to be at one with the water.

Fierce, funny, and brimming with heart, Karim Khan examines the pressures faced by young Muslim men in this exhilarating new play about fitting in and striking out.

Winner of a Fringe First and the 2022 BBC Popcorn Writing award, Brown Boys Swim embarks on a national tour following sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre.

Performance captioned by Alex Romeo: Thu 5 Oct, 7.30pm

Post Show Q&A with writer Karim Khan : Sat 7 Oct, after the matinee

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“A fine piece of authentic storytelling”
“A moving, witty play”
Finacial Times
“Delicate and fresh coming-of-age story”
The Stage
“Perfectly pitched”
The Scotsman
“A runaway success”
“Karim Khan’s hilarious, touching tale…truly breathtaking”
Broadway Baby


Kashif Ghole


Ibraheem Hussain



Karim Khan


John Hoggarth


Ria Parry


James Bailey

Production Manager and Lighting Designer

Alice Reddick

Technical Stage Manager

Sita Thomas

Movement Director

Roshan Gunga

Sound Designer & Composer

James Button

Set & Costume Designer

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