Kabul Goes Pop – Music Television Afghanistan

Show Information
Showing on:
Sat 18 June 2022
Approx. 1hr 35mins, no interval
Studio Theatre
Age Guidance:
14+ (Graphic content, depictions of violence and war. See below for full content warning.)

A Brixton House and HighTide co-production in association with Mercury Theatre.

“In Afghanistan there are many important issues. So I am asking a very important question. 
Britney, or Shakira?
Who is the real Queen of Pop?”

Inspired by a true story of Afghanistan’s first youth music TV programme, Kabul Goes Pop: Music Television Afghanistan explores the devastating effects as two young friends take on the political landscape while trying to build a new Afghanistan.

Kabul Goes Pop brings us into a world post the US invasion that is complex, contradictory, and shocking – all to a soundtrack of early 00’s pop!

Production Sponsor: Lansons

Very kindly supported by Essex Cultural Diversity Project


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Content Warning

The show contains swearing and themes which may cause distress.

Sexual violence is referred to, and abduction and murder is described.

Grief over the loss of a loved one is depicted, and the mental illness and death of a family member is referred to.

War and political violence is discussed, including mentions of suicide bombings and a description of being injured in a bombing.

Life under Soviet and Mujahideen conflict and Taliban rule in Afghanistan is described.

We’ve prepared a trigger and content warning document for you to read if you think you may be affected, please click here to view it. Please be aware this document includes multiple spoilers.

په افغانستان کې ډیرې مهمې مسلې شتون لري.

نو زه یوه ډیره مهمه پوښتنه کوم. بریټني، یا شکیرا؟

د پاپ اصلي ملکه څوک ده؟”

د افغانستان د لومړي ځوانانو د موسیقۍ ټلویزیوني پروګرام له یوې ریښتینې کیسې څخه الهام اخیستی، کابل ګوز پاپ: میوزیک ټلویزیون د افغانستان ویجاړونکي اغیزې په ګوته کوي کله چې دوه ځوان ملګري د نوي افغانستان د جوړولو په هڅه کې سیاسي منظره اخلي.

د کابل ګوز پاپ موږ د متحده ایالاتو له برید وروسته یوې نړۍ ته یو څه پیچلي متضاد او ټکان ورکوونکی دی – دا ټول د 00 د لومړي پاپ د دورې غږیز ټریک ته!

دا لوبه به په انګلیسي ژبه ترسره شي.

د محرک اخطارونه: د ګرافیک مینځپانګې، د تاوتریخوالي او جګړې انځورونه.

در افغانستان موضوعات مهم زیادی وجود دارد.

بناأ من یک پرسش خیلی مهم را مطرح میکنم. بریتنی و یا شکیرا؟

ملکه واقعی موسیقی پاپ کی است؟”

با الهام گرفتن از یک داستان واقعی اولین برنامه موسیقی تلویزیونی جوانان در افغانستان تحت عنوان، کابل با موسیقی پاپ: تلویزیون موسیقی افغانستان اثرات ویرانگری را که اوضاع سیاسی بالای دو دوست جوان گذاشته در حالیکه آنها برای ساختن یک افغانستان جدید تلاش مینمودند را مورد برسی قرار میدهد.

کابل با موسیقی پاپ با پخش موسیقی پاپ از اوایل دهه ۲۰۰۰ میلادی ما را به یک دنیای تازه پس از حمله ایالات متحده که پیچیده، مغلق و تکاندهنده میباشد برمیگرداند.

این برنامه (نمایش) به زبان انگلیسی اجرا میگردد.

هشدارهای ماشه: محتوای گرافیکی، تصاویر خشونت و جنگ

Creative Team
Writer – Waleed Akhtar (Mercury Playwrights alumni)
Director – Anna Himali Howard

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