From New York to Lytham – “Dirty Pakistani Lingerie”

The award-winning New York show Dirty Pakistani Lingerie, about Muslim-American women, is coming to Lowther Pavilion Wednesday 24 February after sell-out performances across the world.

Cross-cultural sparks fly and preconceptions are hilariously and hauntingly shattered as six Pakistani-American women air their Dirty Pakistani Lingerie in the show that “breaks down stereotypes of Muslim women in America.” The Wall Street Journal.

Written and performed by Aizzah Fatima and developed and directed by Erica Gould, Dirty Pakistani Lingerie interweaves the stories of six Muslim–American women, aged 6 to 65, all portrayed by Fatima in a virtuosic performance. Drawing from real-life incidents and one-on-one interviews with Pakistani-American women, the show is both infectiously funny and deeply moving. Gould’s visually stunning direction incorporates haunting movement and dreamlike projections, as well as razor-sharp physical comedy.

In Dirty Pakistani Lingerie, male and female audiences all over the world have found their own experiences reflected in the stories of these Pakistani-American women, which speak not only to a particular cultural moment, but to universal truths, theatricalized through the collaboration between a Muslim (Fatima) and a Jewish (Gould) artist.

Fatima says, “I felt as if I was surrounded by all these amazing women who had remarkable stories to tell – first- and second-generation immigrant women – who just happened to be Pakistani Americans. “There was a human side to this experience of being a Muslim American woman that was completely missing in the media, completely missing in the types of characters we see in film, TV, theater.”

According to Gould, Dirty Pakistani Lingerie “addresses the inherent tension between the impulse to assimilate and the desire to maintain one’s cultural identity, the tension between what we leave behind and what we take with us; between what we hold onto and what we fear we may have forgotten.”

It is a rich, sexy, and infectiously entertaining mosaic of the sublime, the comic, the poetic, and the political.

Dirty Pakistani Lingerie is Written and Performed by Aizzah Fatima and Developed and Directed by Erica Gould. Original set design by Jake DeGroot, Dramaturgy by Cobina Gillitt, Projection and Sound Design by Kevin Brouder, Costume Design by Kathy Karadza.

The show will be performed at Lowther Pavilion in Lytham St Annes on Wednesday 24 February at 7.30pm. Tickets for the show can be booked from the venue by calling 01253 794 221 or emailing boxoffice@lowtherpavilion.co.uk. The event will be pay what you thought the show was worth but must still be booked.

Dirty Pakistani Lingerie will return to the Spot On programme on Friday 8 April at 7pm when it will travel to The Rainhall Centre in Barnoldswick.