Octagon Theatre Bolton & Tara Finney Productions
By Shamia Chalabi & Sarah Henley
Directed by Sepy Baghaei

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 the 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 heartwarming 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.

Listen to the Habibti Driver audio brochure page here:

Additional information

Tickets

From £15

Age Guide

12+ - contains some strong language

Running time

Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes including interval

Cast

Shamia Chalabi

Shamia Chalabi

Shazia
Houda Echouafni

Houda Echouafni

Yasmin
Dana Haqjoo

Dana Haqjoo

Ashraf
Timothy O’Hara

Timothy O’Hara

Chris
Helen Sheals

Helen Sheals

Jean
Hemi Yeroham

Hemi Yeroham

Yusuf

Creative team

Helen Coyston

Designer

Pablo Fernandez Baz

Lighting Designer

Dinah Mullen

Sound Designer

Sepy Baghaei

Director

Kaitlin Howard

Fight Director

Sarah-Jane Schostack

Assistant Director

Jennifer Jackson

Movement Director
Tickets

Tickets from £15

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