The North Wall

Brown Boys Swim on Tour

Written by Karim Khan Directed by John Hoggarth

Winner of a Fringe First and the 2022 Popcorn Writing Award, Karim Khan’s exhilarating new play Brown Boys Swim embarks on a national tour this autumn, following sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre.

Book Tickets

OXFORD The North Wall | 21 – 23 Sept 2023
COVENTRY Belgrade Theatre | 26 – 30 Sept 2023
LONDON Soho Theatre | 3 – 7 Oct 2023
SCARBOROUGH Stephen Joseph Theatre | 9 – 10 Oct 2023
NEWBURY Corn Exchange | 17 – 18 Oct 2023
MANCHESTER Contact | 25 – 28 Oct 2023
BIRMINGHAM Birmingham Rep | 31 Oct – 4 Nov 2023

About the Show

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.

Original production created with the generous support of Humphrey Battcock.


"Director John Hoggarth makes everything land with effortless poise, added by the heartbreakingly authentic chemistry between the two actors"


"Slickly directed… a fine piece of authentic storytelling"

The Guardian

"Karim Khan’s play is both delicate and fresh… and fully alive"

The Stage

Brown Boys Swim on Tour


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