The Cord

Written and directed by Bijan Sheibani
A Bush Theatre Production
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12 Apr to 25 May
World Premiere

“Sometimes when I look at him, I feel like he’s me.
But if the baby is me, then who am I? You?”

The arrival of this baby has changed everything.

Amir hovers as his mother holds her grandchild for the first time, mesmerised. The bag of handmade baby clothes she’s brought lies at her feet.

After she leaves, Amir watches his wife feeding their newborn son, so close, almost intertwined. They look so complete, while Amir feels aware of a growing chasm separating him from them, and him from his own mother.

As sleepless nights, relentless crying and hushed arguments take their toll, Amir grapples with the puzzle of how to be a father, a son, a husband – mashing together pieces that don’t seem to fit. All he knows is he’s determined not to repeat the past.

The Cord is an intensely frank and relatable insight into the challenges of being a parent and a child, no matter how old you are. This evocative new play reunites Olivier award-winning writer and director Bijan Sheibani (Barber Shop Chronicles) with the team behind his 2019 Bush Theatre hit, The Arrival. Cast includes Irfan Shamji (The Arrival, Chasing Hares) as Amir. Further casting to be announced.

Praise for The Arrival at the Bush Theatre:
★★★★ ‘Exceptional.’ The Times
★★★★ ‘Achingly bittersweet, stylishly directed.’ Time Out
★★★★ ‘Theatrically thrilling.’ The Arts Desk

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The Cord Self-Care Guide and Content Warnings

Times & Prices



12 April - 25 MayFrom £15

  • Senior Citizen: From £22.50
  • Student / Under 30: From £20
  • Unemployed/Unwaged: From £15
  • Access: From £15
  • Standard: From £15
  • Personal Assistant (Access Companion): From £20

Saturday Matinees

20, 27 April and 4, 11, 18, 25 MayFrom £15

  • Senior Citizen: From £22.50
  • Student / Under 30: From £20
  • Unemployed/Unwaged: From £15
  • Access: From £15
  • Standard: From £15
  • Personal Assistant (Access Companion): From £20

Wednesday Matinees

24 April and 1, 8, 15, 22 MayFrom £15

  • Senior Citizen: From £22.50
  • Student / Under 30: From £20
  • Unemployed/Unwaged: From £15
  • Access: From £15
  • Standard: From £15
  • Personal Assistant (Access Companion): From £20

Performed in

HOLLOWAY THEATRE (Bush Theatre's main space)

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Content Warnings

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Access details

Relaxed & Sensory Adapted Performances

Saturday 27th April at 2:30pm & Thursday 16th May at 7:30pm

Captioned Performances

Thursday 2nd May at 7:30pm & Saturday 11th May at 2:30pm

Audio Described

Saturday 4th May at 2:30pm & Thursday 9th May at 7:30pm

Touch Tours

Saturday 4th May at 1:30pm & Thursday 9th May at 6:30pm

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Irfan Shamji
On stage, Irfan Shamji most recently played the leading roles in Sons of the Prophet at Hampstead Theatre and Chasing Hares at the Young Vic. His other theatre credits include: Hamlet and Metamorphoses (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); Bijan Sheibani’s The Arrival (Bush); One for Sorrow (Royal Court); Dance Nation (Almeida); Joe White’s Mayfly (Orange Tree), for which he was award Equity’s Clarence Darwent Award. On television, Irfan will soon be seen in Disney+’s Shardlake and in the third series of BBC’s Industry. His other television credits include: ITV’s The Walk-In with Stephen Graham; The Ipcress File for ITV with Tom Hollander; Informer for the BBC; and Netflix’s The Dark Crystal. Irfan trained at RADA, where he was selected by Kenneth Branagh to play Laertes opposite Tom Hiddleston’s Hamlet. He has worked with Branagh since on Murder on the Orient Express.


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