Sell-out New York play returns to Lancashire

The award-winning New York show “Dirty Pakistani Lingerie”, about Muslim-American women, is coming to Barnoldswick in April, after sell-out performances across the world.

The show, which is suitable for ages 14 and above, will be performed at The Rainhall Centre on Friday 8 April at 7pm. Tickets, priced at £6 and £4 concessions, are available directly from the venue and can be booked by calling 01282 345200. The show played to a sell-out audience earlier in the Spot On season at the Lowther Pavilion in Lytham.

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, theatricalised 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, the play “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.”

“Dirty Pakistani Lingerie” is a rich, sexy, and infectiously entertaining mosaic of the sublime, the comic, the poetic, and the political.

More information on how to book tickets can be found here.