Theatre Passe Muraille and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre present: Acha Bacha
For years Zaya has balanced his relationships with his religion and his queer identity. But as secrets from the past reveal themselves, and crisis strikes his family, he is torn between loyalties, culture, and time. Written by Bilal Baig, and directed by Brendan Healy, Acha Bacha boldly explores the intersections between queerness, gender identity and Islamic culture in the Pakistani diaspora. The show uses both English and Urdu to tell a story about the way we love, the way we are loved, and how sometimes love is not enough.
“Bilal’s voice is important and truly authentic. He is a fiercely talented young writer whose writing is honest, electric and bold. In ACHA BACHA his characters inhibit a world that is so raw and rooted in truth that I can’t wait to see this momentous production!” — Anusree Roy
Acha Bacha is being produced in partnership with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as part of a new initiative between the two companies to share resources and introduce their audiences to work being done on other stages in Toronto. This partnership started in November 2017, when Kiinalik, premiered on Buddies in Bad Times’ stage.
Content warnings: Sexual Assault, Course language, Sexual Scenes.
A co-production between Theatre Passe Muraille
and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Written by: Bilal Baig
Directed by: Brendan Healy
Featuring: Shelly Antony, Qasim Khan, Omar Alex Khan, Matt Nethersole,
and Ellora Patnaik
Set and Costume Design by: Joanna Yu
Lighting by: C.J Astronomo
Sound Design and Music by Richard Feren
Stage managed by Kat Chin
Tickets: PWYC — $38
By Phone: 416.504.7529.
In Person: The Arts Box Office located at 16 Ryerson Avenue.
Special Performances during Acha Bacha
Opening Night February 6th 7:30pm
Eggrolls with Andy (Pre-show chat) February 7th 6:45pm
Relaxed Performance February 10th at 2pm
Post-show Q & A February 11th at 2pm
Audio Described Performance: February 17th at 2pm
Production sponsors: Wuchien Michael Than Foundation and TD Bank Group.
Preview Sponsors: ASAAP and Salaam Canada