City Symphony

Karim Khan

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This play charts the lives of four young people in Oxford as their stories converge. It is held together by the recurring leitmotif of qawwali music. Ginny is homeless. She is finally discovered by her sister, Amy, who tries to persuade her to return home. She seeks comfort from the music performed by Mehdi, an Iranian qawwali singer. He attempts to share his sexuality with his traditional father, but worries about the consequences. Mirium is a recent convert to Islam and a single mother to baby Ishamel. She is shocked to see David, her racist brother return. He is here to kick up a fuss. Omar is on the verge of marrying Amy, the love of his life, but is worried about burning his bridges with his traditional Pakistani family.