Alp Haydar returns to the RVT on July 26 with a new comedy, Alp Haydar’s Sharia Law.
I asked Alp how this new show differs from the ones he has done before. I also asked him to tell me one thing about it that would make someone come along.
The new show I’m working on is comedy. Alp Haydar’s New Vagina was very dark. No one complained. To my face. But I got all that out of my system now. The film noir style, with gory flashes of red blood across the projector. Simulating suicide on stage, using that strip of green screen cloth, wanky as it all sounds, was a great way for the character Alp and me, real Alp, to find release.
Escape To The Future, Flight 666 To Bermuda, Erotic Adventures In Atlantis, exhausted me, but now Alp has found peace and suddenly I find myself being able to write for, and flesh out, the other characters with a renewed excitement. I’ve been wanting to explain my mother’s back-story for a long time. Sharia Law now gets the bookings, I’m being serious, she recently performed at a gay wedding. Nobody books me. So I’m writing a show for the fans, an origin story, which hopefully gives new audience members an entry point into my show’s mythology.
Having Jeffrey and Sandra, BNP members, take Sharia, my (funda)mental mother in as their house keeper, creates a really exciting juxtaposition between the conflicted immigrant identity and a ‘Keep Britain British’ mentality… both of which come crashing down by the end of the show. It’s a science fiction caper. What happens when Salman Rushdie drives a DeLorean. Meet Carry On. Carry on Rushdie.
After 2 years, Sharia Law finally meets her match in BNP member Sandra.
(And I flash my arse.)