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ED2012 Theatre Review: Dirty Paki Lingerie (Aizzah Fatima)

ED2012 4/5 Reviews ED2012 Theatre Reviews

Despite the provocative title, this one-woman show is insightful, honest and fundamentally, simple. Fatima plays six different roles interwoven with each other – all women, all Pakistani – and what could become a stereotypical theatrical farce actually works well. It is clear which character is on stage through exceptional dialogue, a well placed pashmina and Fatima’s formidable acting talent; other than a few minor props, this is all Fatima uses to guide us through the loves, losses and pressures faced by American Muslim women. Occasionally we stray into secondary school drama territory with the ‘relevant’ subject matter, the miming of invisible props and endless soul searching soliloquies. But on the whole, this is an intriguing and strong portrayal of modern Muslim culture.

Assembly Hall, 2–27 Aug (not 13), 5.15pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Olivia Sleet]

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