Watch now: the West End cast of The Kite Runner challenges Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’
An actor from the West End production of The Kite Runner used a curtain call to challenge US president Donald Trump’s new immigration ban.
The executive order bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for a period of 90 days.
Cast member Emilio Doorgasingh told an audience at the end of the show on January 31 that the play was about “refugees in America” and that the writer of the book on which the play is based, Khaled Hosseini, is a Muslim-American.
“Last week, an executive order from the US president banned all refugees from entering the United States and banned all citizens, refugees or not, from seven Muslim-majority countries. Due to the nature of this play we feel it incumbent upon us to speak out against such actions,” he said.
He added: “We, as a company, are a diverse family of different ethnic and religious backgrounds. We are Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews and non-believers, but what unites us all is our belief in humanity.”
The actor said Hosseini had warned that the executive order will target mostly “women and children escaping years of atrocity and unspeakable suffering” and that “compassion and solidarity” is needed.
The Kite Runner is currently running at Wyndham’s Theatre in London.