A new immersive theatrical experience will be performed in a car park in Bradford and Manchester this autumn.

'Peaceophobia' is a response to rising Islamophobia around the world. 

Part car-meet part-theatre, the show explores how you find peace in a world that tells you who you are. Growing up in the shadow of the Bradford Riots, 9/11 and police harassment, cars and faith are a sanctuary, an escape, an expression for three Muslim Pakistani men. Ali, Sohail and Casper are taking control of the narratives around their religion, their city, and their cars. 

Staged in a car park with a Supra, a Golf and a classic Nova, Peaceophobia brings together cars and theatre with cinematic lighting and an original electronic sound score. 

The production was conceived by members of the collective Speakers’ Corner, a group of women and teenage girls who wanted to tell the story of young Muslim men and their experiences of Islamophobia. 

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Working with theatre company Common Wealth and writer Zia Ahmed and the Bradford Modified Club they have created an uncompromising, and thrilling theatrical experience.

Iram Rehman, Speakers Corner said: “Islamophobia exists as much today as it ever has before, injustices are occurring every day both in the UK and globally. Peaceophobia began as a campaign two years ago to promote that Islam comes from Peace and it is a personal project to us as co-creators and proud young Muslim women. We are part of a movement of young people who are using their voices to make a positive change and promote peace instead of being silenced.” 

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Mo Ali Yunis, Performer said: “Bradford Modified Club promotes cars, culture and family - our cars are a piece of art and we’re passionate about challenging preconceptions. We’re coming together with Common Wealth to make a show which tackles Islamaphobia and celebrates the importance of car culture. We can’t wait for the audience to feel it with us.”

Peaceophobia is supported by Bradford 2025, Blueprint: Without Walls R&D Investment Fund, Co-Creating Change, Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Pears Foundation and Fenton Arts.


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Oastler Market Car Park, Bradford City Centre 
£10 full price, £5 concession  

Friday 10th September 8.30pm
Saturday 11th September 6pm & 8.30pm 
Sunday 12th September 8.30pm
Tuesday 14th September 8.30pm (BSL performance)
Wednesday 15th September 8.30pm 
Thursday 16th September 8.30pm 
Friday 17th September 6pm & 8.30pm
Saturday 18th September 8.30pm


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Tickets £15 full price/£10 Under-35s/£5 Concessions.  

Wednesday 29th September 8.30pm
Thursday 30th September 8.30pm
Friday 1st October 6pm & 8.30pm 
Saturday 2nd October 6pm & 8.30pm 

60 minutes, no interval 
Recommended 12+ due to mild swearing