About Brown Boys Swim

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.

About Karim Khan

Karim Khan is an alumnus of The North Wall’s ArtsLab programme, having taken part in Catalyst 2019. He is a Creative Associate of The North Wall, a member of the Soho Six 2023/2024, and is a recent recipient of Riz Ahmed’s Left Handed Films and Pillars Fund inaugural fellowship.

4 Stars

"A fine piece of authentic storytelling."


4 Stars

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


4 Stars

"A moving, witty play"


5 Stars

"A runaway success"


Credits and Partners

Creative Team

Writer Karim Khan
Director John Hoggarth*
Set and Costume Designer James Button
Composer and Sound Designer Roshan Gunga
Movement Director Sita Thomas
Lighting Designer James Bailey*
Assistant Director Amelia Thornber*


Kashif Ghole


Ibraheem Hussain


Production Team

Producer Ria Parry*
Production Manager James Bailey*
Marketing Manager Amy Walters*
Associate Producer Amelia Thornber*
Press Representative Chloé Nelkin Consulting
*on behalf of The North Wall


Original production created with the generous support of Humphrey Battcock

Access and Content Warnings

  • There will be a captioned performance on Saturday 28 October
  • There will be a dry performance on Thursday 26 October. What is a 'dry' event? A dry event is simply an event with no alcohol. At Contact, we understand that not everyone enjoys being in spaces where alcohol is served. So, during our Autumn season, we're presenting a range of dry events to make sure that everyone feels welcome.

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Content Warnings

Strong language and references to death.

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