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An irreverent but tender memoir of a father, a son and a question of faith
What does it mean to be a good Muslim boy? You probably shouldn’t gawk at girls in bikinis or fake a medical degree. If you must be an actor, you shouldn’t play a gay man on television, or Saddam Hussein in a post 9/11 American musical. And you definitely, definitely shouldn’t leave an arranged bride at the altar.
Meet Osamah Sami. He’s done all of the above. Interesting, considering his father is one of the leading Islamic clerics in Australia, having pulled his family out of war-torn Iran to settle in suburban Melbourne. But when his kindly and unorthodox dad dies suddenly during a trip to Iran, Osamah must grapple with an inscrutable and corrupt bureaucracy in his fight to bring his father’s body home to Australia – all the while looking back on his life in a haunting, hilarious and heart-wrenching retrospective.
Osamah Sami’s memoir Good Muslim Boy, upon which the play is based, won a 2016 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award.
Director Janice Muller
Designer Romanie Harper
Lighting Designer Ben Hughes
Sound Designer & Composer Phil Slade
Cast includes Rodney Afif, Nicole Nabout and Osamah Sami.
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Presented by Queensland Theatre and Malthouse Theatre