August 11, 2017 @ 8pm
York Theatre (map)
639 Commercial Dr
Vancouver, British Columbia, V5L 3W3
Tickets: $20, $25, $30 (plus s/c & GST)
*Show Length: 85 mins (No Intermission) + 15 min post-show talk back after each show.
Burq Off! is an autobiographical coming of age comedy about a British Pakistani girl trying to find herself in two madly opposing worlds. Nadia Manzoor was raised a cultural yoyo, bouncing between expectations of her conservative Muslim family and her saucy British school friends. From her discovery of 'sex' at the age of 5, to falling in love with an Irish Catholic boy who must be kept secret, Nadia's search for self is punctuated by fierce Bollywood dance moves, a blackout drinking incident, and an Islamic teacher whose interests range from slapping to pornography. Love, lies, a burqa and a bikini. Nadia has no idea who she is, but she'll try anything to find out.
Nadia P. Manzoor is a British Pakistani actor, writer, and producer, whose autobiographical one-woman show Burq Off! has had sold-out runs in New York, LA, San Francisco, London and Toronto. She is the co-creator and performer of Shugs & Fats, a Gotham Award-winning comedy web series and has recently been named one of twenty-five new faces of independent film by Filmmaker Magazine.
Nadia has appeared on CNN, The BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera and Radio Q and has been featured in Elle India, Vogue India, The Daily Beast, and The Times of India. She recently delivered a TedX talk on creative -collaboration, and is a frequent guest speaker on panels that focus on women in Islam and Muslim identity. She is the founder of Paprika Productions, an all-female production company that produces works by brave, curious women.
“A gutsy, honest, hilarious must-see” – Deepak Chopra
"Nadia Manzoor's ambitious one-woman show...is a no-holds-barred performance." – Vogue India
Written & Performed By Nadia P Manzoor
Directed & Developed By Tara Elliott
Music Composition/Sound Design: J.X. Randall. Composition of "Ammi's Song": Arooj Aftab
Lighting Design: Haejin Han
Set Design: Katja Chan-Mee Frederikson, Mitch Ost
Stage Manager: Chengyan Boon