Depressing, yet still with a nudge of humour, Shamji’s writing may feel familiar in structure, but it captures an essence of humanity immensely. To tie together the tragedies of Grenfell, the loss of his Grandfather, racism, death and yet, he still brings it together with a warming touch of dark humour.
The Reviews Hub on Opening Up
The two actors are excellent... Irfan Shamji conveys both Samad's guardedness and desire to acknowledge his long-lost brother.
The Guardian on The Arrival
[Shamji] has a wonderful ability to capture anxiety, empathy and testy resentment in the same moment
The Upcoming on The Arrival
Holly Race Roughan’s staging is peppered with good performances, not least from Irfan Shamji as the self-destructive Elijah
Financial Times on Hedda Tesman
Irfan Shamji imparts John with deep humanity and sense of vulnerability.
The Arts Desk
on One for Sorrow
The cast is superb… Irfan Shamji has self-contained charisma as John, retaining a heavy magnetism andmystery throughout.
TimeOut on One for Sorrow
Shamji [is] hilarious as Harry
The Guardian on Mayfly
Recipient of the 2019 Clarence Darwent Award