by Shamia Chalabi & Sarah Henley


Meet Ashraf - an Egyptian, Muslim, taxi driver - and Shazia, his half Egyptian, half Wigan daughter…who is more interested in last call at the bar, than the call to prayer.  


Following Ashraf's trusty taxi, we witness Wigan at its finest - fancy-dress bingo, driving lessons, ex-wives, meddling uncles, hot sauce and plenty of bad karaoke. Full of heart, this father-daughter story contrasts moments of pure joy and silliness with ones that’ll have you reaching for your Kleenex - juggling Allah and Aldi, mosques and mojitos and of course - burkas and bacon butties. 


This heart-warming ‘East meets Wigan’ comedy, based on Shamia Chalabi’s real life experiences, gently explores the clashes, compromises and ultimately the comedy that comes with living in a mixed-culture family in contemporary Britain, and whether, despite their many differences, family can win out regardless.


Following a sell-out run at VAULT Festival in 2018, Burkas & Bacon Butties transfers to Park Theatre in 2020. 


This production is postponed due to the closure of Park Theatre as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. New dates will be announced soon!



Cast & Crew


Cast includes Shamia Chalabi


Director Sepy Baghaei

Designer Helen Coyston

Lighting Designer Pablo Fernandez Baz

Sound Designer Dinah Mullen


In association with Park Theatre


Generously supported by Arts Council England and the Royal Shakespeare Company.