ARABITCH is a semi-autobiographical show that explores the relationship between LGBTQ+ and Arab cultural identities. Through Drag, spoken word and cabaret we meet ARABITCH, aka Sara, as she weighs up the decision to come out to her conservative Iraqi mother; meeting mentors along the way (like Abu Nuwas, a dead queer Iraqi poet) and enemies (casually racist twinks at G-A-Y).
The show asks questions about racism in the LGBTQ+ community and the homophobia in Arab communities and how both these inform the experiences of people who identify as both.
In short, ARABITCH is a show about finding community, consolidating conflicting identities, and looking to oneself for acceptance and validation.
Sara Dawood is a British born Iraqi theatre maker and drag queen who performs as her alter ego, ARABITCH. She trained at Bath Spa University and since graduating in 2018, has gone on to develop the show ARABITCH with Pigs In Residence. Sara has also taken part in Camden People's theatre's Artist Development Programme, Starting Blocks as well as the Queer season at the Actor's centre in collaboration with Otherland Theatre Company. Her work tackles the complexity of intersecting identities through the use of drag and performance poetry and aims to to educate as well as entertain through the power of fabulousness.
Pigs in Residence is a comedy collective started in 2017 by comedians Arianna Beadie and Serafina Cusack with the idea to champion alternative comedy from a diverse set of comedians.
Since first coming together they have set up and run a comedy night that ran every two weeks in three London venues.
They are committed to combating the open mic culture of 5 minute spots for no pay by staging curated nights of a variety of different comedic styles, all with longer paid sets.
Pigs in residence are currently developing two shows, Hurricane Force Jan a surreal show that bridges the gap between character comedy and theatre and ARABITCH a cabaret show about the pleasures and pitfalls of being Iraqi and queer.
Serafina Cusack -
Blue Departed @ Vaults Festival 2019
“Serafina Cusack is a highly distinctive writer too. Her script for Blue Departed drips with poetry and vomit, spewing across the stage with dark glittering menace and moments of beauty.”
- Lyn Gardner
The Blogging Sheriff - ★★★★
Within Her Words - ★★★
Spy In The Stalls - ★★★
SQUIRM @ Theatre503, Bread & Roses
Design My Night - ★★★★
West End Wilma - ★★★
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