Burqa Boutique

Written by:

Brishkay Ahmed, with Ash Crescent

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

Person/People of Colour

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Men: 1
  • People of Colour: 6
  • Women: 5

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Community
Politics
Religion
War
Women

Length:

60 min.

Year Written:

2019

Synopsis:

In the midst of a war, a multigenerational group of women take refuge inside a burqa boutique that’s free from political allegiances.’

Somewhere in the region of the Middle East/Central Asia – sometime in our recent past – a civil war erupts in a country held together by opposing ideologies. A multigenerational group of women get caught in the middle as the Brother’s Republic Party and the Sons of Jihad clash. The women find refuge inside a burqa boutique that separates the nation into two distinct districts; the District of Noor and the District of Tariq.

The boutique provides a necessary service, hijab for women and girls crossing into Tariq and purchasing hijab from women and girls moving into Noor. Hijab is mandatory in Tariq, hijab is banned in Noor. Suddenly both the women of Noor and the women of Tariq are made to confront the realities of the past and make decisions for their future.

While the men battle for gold and copper, the women debate over identity and faith. Through one long night, Aisha, Hafsa, Zaynab, Khadeja, and Fatima consider their identities, as formed and framed by political parties, while a radio carries them through the battle. (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

AISHA, 16 / ZAYNAB, 50 / HAFSA, 45 / KHADEJA, 60 / FATIMA, 20 / MAN / RADIO HOSTS

Casting Note: Actors from Muslim backgrounds, immigrants or refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, or Syria would be beneficial for the characters.

First Produced:

Killjoy Theatre, Vancouver, 2019

Resources:

Burqa Boutique can be found at the Canadian Play Outlet.

Notes:

Burqa Boutique delves into the multilayered identity of Muslim women and questions what the garment symbolizes.” – Hina Imam, The Georgia Straight

Warnings:

Contains references to war and violence. Suitable for students 14+.

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