© 2020 Sarah Henley.

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Burkas and Bacon Butties

I wrote Burkas and Bacon Butties with Shamia Chalabi. It's a heart-warming ‘east meets west’ comedy charting a father daughter relationship over the course of a year.

Ashraf is an Egyptian, a Muslim and a taxi driver and Shazia is his half Egyptian, half Wigan, twenty-something daughter.

 

Through multiple journeys in Ashraf’s taxi we explore the nuances of a mixed-culture family in contemporary Britain – the secrets kept and the stories told, and ask whether, despite the differences, family can win out regardless of the bacon butties…

An abridged version had it its first outing at The Vault Festival in 2018 and was published by Nick Hern Books as part of the Vault Festival Anthology - ou can purchase the play text here.

'Burkas' has since been workshopped twice by the Royal Shakespeare Company and is coming to the Park Theatre in May/June 2020. Tickets are available here.

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