ROSE (starring Keira & Art Malik)

by Hywel John
directed by Abbey Wright


Hywel John's eagerly awaited second play, Rose, a powerful drama about one Middle Eastern immigrants struggle raising his English-born daughter was both a critical and commercial success at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011. 

Reunited under the most unfortunate of circumstances after many years apart, Rose and her father try to piece together the fragmented memories of their troubled relationship. Her attempts to uncover the secrets of her father's past in order to find out who she is and where she is from meet only resistance from a man reluctant to reveal himself and fixated on bringing up his beloved daughter the 'English' way. 'Rose' is a heartbreaking study of Englishness, heritage, grief, family and how the ghosts of the past can poison the present.

Rose premiered at the Pleasance Edinburgh and starred Award-winning film, television and theatre star Art Malik (True Lies, The Jewel in the Crown, A Passage to India) as he made his Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut alongside his daughter Keira Malik.

Rose was a co production between Pleasance, DirtyBoots and SEArED.

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THE TIMES ★★★★  

"A touching and thought provoking new play. Malik's performance is a bravaurer, larger than life affair...full of restless energy...fully justifies his star billing."


"A well crafted, relevant, winningly perfpormed play."


"Poignant and powerful...subtle and compelling...a small gem."


"An engaging and thought provoking piece of theatre."


"Art Malik makes a triumphant Fringe Hywell John's elegant disection of the clash of cultures."