Untied Artists present

Outside The Box

Outside The Box is a celebration of the game of Squash.

Directed by Jake Oldershaw. Co-Directed and Movement Direction by Shane Shambhu. Dramaturgy by Arzhang Pezhman. Lighting and Projection Design by Arnim Friess. Sound Design by Joe Henderson. Performance by Mustafa Chaudhry, Sabrina Naz Nabi, James Willstrop. Project management by Hannan Finnegan. General Management by Laura Killeen. Artistic Direction for schools by Juliet Fry. Show Image by Sakab Bashir. Marketing Assistance by Kate Glaze. More cast and creatives TBC.

A cast of professional players, actors and school children bring the story to life on three glass-back courts, exploring its fascinating origins in a London prison to the mountains of Pakistan and beyond. The story of Squash mirrors the evolution of the Commonwealth, and Outside The Box playfully explores this journey, to engage family audiences.

This physically demanding sport is loved in countries the world over and Pakistani players of the illustrious ‘Khan Dynasty’ dominated for many years. The show will pay tribute to their remarkable achievements, as well as uncovering the incredible struggles players like Maria Toorpakai went through, just to be able to play the game.

Look out for a special appearance from current Commonwealth Games Gold medal holder, James Willstrop, who will perform in the shows.

Dates & times:

21 + 22 MAY – 11.30am + 2.30pm

28 + 29 MAY – 11.30am + 2.30pm


We offer live captioning at every performance via The Difference Engine

BSL interpreted shows – 28 May (11.30am) + 29 May (2.30pm)

There will be 3 spaces for wheelchair users at each performance, and spaces for those with limited mobility on the front rows. If you require accessible seating, please contact The Play House on 0121 265 4425.


Squash Courts – University of Birmingham

Ticket info:

All performances are FREE to attend, but please book your tickets here in advance.

What the press said...

'Entertaining and inspirational.'