Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta in association with Sydney Festival presents
By James Elazzi
Directed by Paige Rattray
Fast approaching 31, Fatima is feeling the pressure from her bakery owning family to get married and have children. Her boyfriend, Karim, wants their relationship to remain secret. His high-flying, lawyer parents definitely wouldn’t approve of the match. In an effort to prove to Karim and his family she is worthy of his love, Fatima comes up with a plan to win Queen Lebanon Australia. Moonia, the pageant organiser, accepts Fatima because this year she wants a ‘diverse group of girls’ and Fatima is unlike anything the competition has seen before.
With the help of her 74 year-old best friend Gada and her coffee cup readings, Fatima goes through a transformation that not even she expected.
A world premier season at Riverside, Queen Fatima is a heart-warming new comedy that flips stereotypes, revealing the paradigm shifting potential of ‘diversity quotas’, Queen Fatima was developed through Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta, with support from the Australia Council’s Resilience Fund and Sydney Theatre Company’s Rough Draft program.
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Please note: This performance may contain smoke haze, strobe lighting, loud noises, course language and adult content and is suitable for people 15+.
Please be advised that there is a lockout for this performance and all latecomers will be allowed into the performance at the first suitable moment.
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