Dirty Paki Lingerie

Aizzah Fatima

Assembly Hall

From 01 August 2012 to 26 August 2012

Rating: ***

Review by Graeme Strachan

The culture clash between tradition and modernism is something that is explored a great deal in modern theatre.

In Aizzah Fatima's solo piece Dirty Paki Lingerie, the friction is between the traditional roles and expectations held by women of Pakistani descent in modern America. Instead of telling a conventional narrative, there are instead a handful of characters, each denoted onstage by changes in the wearing of a shawl.

Fatima acts the piece out with a measure of assured confidence, safe in the fact that this is a hopeful and ultimately happy piece rather than the typical miserablist talking heads style that has become all too depressingly familiar in recent years. Instead we get an insight into the dreams, hopes and insecurities of the modern Pakistani woman, told with a tongue firmly rooted in the cheek and a whole winking plethora of sly in jokes and references.

It's not a piece that will change the world, but it's a cheering education into how a particular segment of New York society goes about its business.