The Deliverance of Sanctuary

​Target Theatre Company brought this play to the stage, with the world premiere taking place at artsdepot, London, on Thursday, 11 October 2012. Selected acclaim:

“It’s a dreamlike world with words and ideas repeating, then digressing, like the script was fed into a fractal equation. It resembles a Beckett play adapted by Stoppard, directed by Ionesco and performed by the cast of Blackadder…an incredible achievement to bring it to the stage.” – One Stop Arts​​


“The play is an expression of humanity, with each character representing a different facet of human nature... Altogether ‘The Deliverance of Sanctuary’ is a mysterious but enjoyable production that allows exploration into the human psyche that is open to anyone to find.” – Impact Magazine​​


“It is really refreshing to see other people make big bold decisions with their theatre. There aren’t enough people doing that.” – Ryan Burkwood (Producer at Aporia Theatre)​​

The Deliverance of Sanctuary explores the absurdity of life and every man's crusade to give a greater value, meaning and purpose to an existence devoid of all three. Nothing ever truly happens, despite the best efforts of all concerned. Sanctuary is the unattainable hope of us all that there will be something better and brighter just around the corner, or indeed, at the top of the hill. Through the absurd journey we see the truth of the human condition unfolding before us.
A white-suited man of no significance and no identity embarks upon an ambitious and ill-advised journey to a mental hospital at the top of a steep hill. Reaching Sanctuary is of vital importance to the man, the only thing keeping him going. But the journey to the summit will be fraught with peculiar difficulties, including a cavalcade of bizarre pedestrians each trapped and persecuted by their own malaise, each one desperate for the man in the white suit to help them in their own efforts to reach the mythical Sanctuary. Lost in a timeless, faceless limbo, the thought of finding Sanctuary imbues the group with a sense of purpose and belief. But what really awaits them at the top of the hill?

Ikhtisad Ahmed’s three act play The Deliverance of Sanctuary echoes Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco and is rooted firmly in the traditions of the Theatre of the Absurd. As the audience are led by the actors through a maze of curious dead ends, deprived of tangible conclusions and emotional resolution, they will share in their bewilderment, left at the mercy of a higher power. Incorporating elements of physical theatre, music and puppetry, this compelling new play - which will tour India and Bangladesh after its London premiere - led by a young and gifted production team, promises to be an engaging, unsettling and provocative experience.

Esne in Taberna

Currently in development.

The Theatre of the Absurd has always been a response to the cultural and social changes of all epochs. It is, thus, the perfect mode of exploring and communicating the seminal Occupy movement, and the ideal platform for inner reflection of the class wars and human condition in today's world. Ultimately, the dreamy idealism of the movement, the effortless extinguishing of its rhetoric by the supposed oppressive bourgeoisie, and the lack of coherence and strength displayed by the alleged oppressed proletariat majority - shown to be little more than indifference and passivity - are absurd, much like the movement itself. The belief, the ideal, like life, is devoid of hope, sense and purpose. Conversations and interactions are shown up for what they really are - pointless gibberish in pursuit of making a point. Laugh whilst being frustrated, search for meaning in meaninglessness as a lack of meaning is rendered meaningful. 'Esne in Taberna' is a piece designed to provoke thought with its simplicity and satire, but above all, designed to be enjoyed.

The story of the country that clothes the West.

The setting is Bangladesh, a young country the size of England and Wales where over 160 million people reside. Where the rich are powerful and poverty is desperate. However, it is a country of colour and culture, of passion and resilience, of struggle and poetry. It is a country that is carried on the shoulders of every individual in the Western world every day but not really known. This is the story of the clothes touched by human hands thousands of miles away, the story of the country that clothes the West. 


MADE is a play currently in development with Target Theatre Company. Endorsed by the Arts Council, it is undergoing research and development, which to date has included a residency at CAST in Doncaster in the summer of 2015, a collaboration with Rich Mix in London in the spring of 2016, and a reading at Southbank Centre as part of the Alchemy Festival 2017. The finished work will tour nationwide in 2017.




© 2017 Ikhtisad Ahmed