The three-story Victorian house looks like any other traditional British dwelling in a bustling commuter town. Red brick, white trim, stained-glass door and gravel driveway, all contained within a neat fence.
But inside, Turkish rugs overlap across the floors, exotic Moroccan lanterns hang in the place of chandeliers and tiles covered in Arabic calligraphy adorn the walls. The musky smell of incense hangs in the air.
This is the headquarters of the Khayaal Theatre Company, a charitable group that interprets classic Muslim literature and turns almost-forgotten stories into plays. Its mission is to highlight the Islamic world's rich cultural heritage and demystify the religion, thereby combating prejudice and misunderstanding.