It’s difficult to fit in when your dad sticks out like a brown thumb and even you aren’t sure how to EXACTLY pronounce your surname…
Following acclaimed sold-out shows at the Belfast Comedy Festival and Accidental Theatre and The MAC, Fake I.D. returns for its last ever Belfast performance, which is being specially recorded by the BBC for a forthcoming radio programme.
Written and performed by Joseph Nawaz, and directed by Emily Foran, Fake I.D. is a one-man show (“with slides”) about struggles with family and identity in a cold social climate…
Growing up in a mixed-race, mixed-faith household at the height of the northern Irish troubles, Joseph takes us through some old family snapshots, and his childhood years in 80s and 90s Belfast.
Expect excruciating revelation, some confusion as to the actual direction of Mecca from Balmoral Avenue plus an attempt to finally solving the age-old riddle of what the difference is between a Protestant Muslim and a Catholic Muslim.
Running through it all, like a stick of cardamom-flavoured rock, is Joe’s complicated relationship with his Pakistani father, whose sudden, untimely demise precipitated a trip to Pakistan and some surprising discoveries.
Join Joe for the Belfast swansong of his funny and frequently poignant show about identity, family and belonging, not to mention the impossibility of a halal Ulster Fry.
“Really enjoyed Joe Nawaz’s one man show Fake I.D. Tightly written, very witty and admirably honest.” Brendan Hughes, Irish News
“Loved Joe Nawaz’s debut one-man show Fake I.D. tonight. It was equal parts courageous, gut-busting, deeply personal and laced with real, wonderfully-worded pathos.” Brian Coney, The Thin Air
“The Belfast writer balances humour with poignant home truths in his look-back at growing up in a mixed race house during the Troubles.” Culture NI