What Fatima Did...

by Atiha Sen Gupta
Derby Theatre Productions
Wednesday 27 February 2019 - Saturday 2 March 2019

Derby Theatre in association with Tamasha.

Fatima Merchant is feisty and strong-willed. At 17, she drinks, smokes and parties. On the eve of her 18th birthday, without word or warning, she adopts the hijab. Suddenly, to her friends and family she is no longer the Fatima they thought they knew.

What Fatima Did... is a funny and thought-provoking exploration of attitudes to identity, freedom and multiculturalism in contemporary Britain.

An IGNITE production with support from Arts Council England under the Sustained Theatre Programme, written by Atiha Sen Gupta, the writer of Derby Theatre's critically-acclaimed production Abi.

Post-show discussions

After the Friday 1 March 7:30pm performance & Saturday 2 March 7:30 performance

Panels will consist of a combination of cast and creatives. Friday's post-show discussion will include Afshan D’Souza Lodhi who is a contributing writer to It’s Not About The Burka, which was released last week, and Zahra Butt from Nottingham who is the first hijabi ABA boxing coach.


Accessible Performances

BSL Interpreted: Saturday 2 March, 7:30pm 

Meet the Cast

The company of What Fatima Did... at Derby Theatre


Running Time: TBC

Age Guide: 14+

Contains some strong language and sexual references