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Brown Boys Swim artwork. Image shows just the legs and swimming shorts of two boys who are standing in water. The sun is shining and there are ripples of sunlight over the water. The boy on the left is taller and is wearing dark shorts, and the boy on the right is smaller and is wearing bright blue shorts with a white stripe down the side.

Brown Boys Swim

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Delicate and fresh coming-of-age story
★★★★ 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.

A runaway success”
★★★★★ WhatsOnStage

Brown Boys Swim is a sharp, touching look at the way Islamophobia can pervade life in sometimes the most unlikely ways.”
★★★★ ½ The Reviews Hub

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

Karim Khan’s hilarious, touching tale… truly breathtaking”
★★★★★ Broadway Baby

A poignant exploration of the young Muslim experience & friendship at its purest form”
★★★★★ A Young(ish) Perspective Review


From £12

Presented by

The North Wall

Written by

Karim Khan

Directed by

John Hoggarth

Running time

75 minutes

Age Guidance


Content Advice

Please note, this production contains haze, strong language, descriptions of racism, and discussions of death.

Access Performances

Captioned: Fri 3 Nov, 8pm (captioned by TBC)

Post Show Discussion

Sat 4 Nov, 3pm

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