by Shamia Chalabi & Sarah Henley


An East meets Wigan comedy.


Meet Ashraf - an Egyptian, Muslim, taxi driver, and Shazia - his half Egyptian, half Wigan daughter (a.k.a. his 'Habibti'), who is more interested in last call at the bar, than the call to prayer!  


Their relationship is put to the test when Ashraf introduces his new Egyptian bride, whilst Shazia attempts to break the news of her own secret engagement. Based on co-writer Shamia Chalabi’s real life experiences, this heart-warming new play will make you laugh and cry as it explores the clashes, compromises and comedy that come with living in a mixed-culture family in today's Britain.


Join the family in Ashraf's taxi as they navigate driving lessons, sing karaoke and explore whether, despite their differences, family can win out regardless.


Following a sell-out run at VAULT Festival in 2018 (under the name Burkas & Bacon Butties), Habibti Driver transfers to Octagon Theatre from 21 April - 7 May 2022.


Season Saver Priority Tickets on sale now. General sale from Thurs 25th Nov, 9am. 





Cast & Crew


Cast includes Shamia Chalabi


Director Sepy Baghaei

Designer Helen Coyston

Lighting Designer Pablo Fernandez Baz

Sound Designer Dinah Mullen


A co-production with Octagon Theatre


Generously supported by Arts Council England.