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Kieran Hurley and Alex Swift reunite for An Injury at the Ovalhouse

An Injury

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

OVALHOUSE and Permanent Red are presenting An Injury, a new play about violence and love, at the Ovalhouse. Written by Kieran Hurley and directed by Alex Swift, it runs from July 18 to July 22, 2017.

Morvern wants to get up and walk away from this desk. Danny wants to write something revolutionary. Joe wants to protect what good we still have left. And then there’s Isma. We don’t know much about Isma. We know she’s twelve. We know she speaks only Arabic. We know she’s here. And we know she’s watching.

Here, in this room, four speakers pick through the fragments of four shattered lives.

After their award-winning collaboration on Heads Up, writer Kieran Hurley (Beats, Hitch) and director Alex Swift (How to Win Against History, Mess) team up once again, to create a thrilling new play about violence, love, the distance between us, and the harm we do to each other.

The cast includes Khalid Abdalla, British Egyptian actor and activist best known for starring in the award-winning film, United 93. He also starred in The Kite Runner and acted with Matt Damon in Green Zone. Abdalla appears as himself in Jehane Noujaim’s documentary on the ongoing Egyptian revolution, The Square, which won the Audience Award at Sundance Festival in 2013.

Abdalla is on the board of the National Student Drama Festival and is one of the founding members of the Mosireen Collective in Cairo: a group of revolutionary filmmakers and activists dedicated to supporting citizen media across Egypt in the wake of Mubarak’s fall. Three months after it began, Mosireen became the most watched non-profit YouTube channel in Egypt of all time, and in the whole world in January 2012.

Abdalla is joined in the cast of An Injury by Alex Austin, Julia Taudevin and Yusra Warsama.

Produced by Will Bourdillon, An Injury is designed by Oliver Townsend and has lighting design by Katharine Williams.

Tickets: £14, £9 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7582 7680 or online at

Time: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm.