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Playwrights Canada Press Spring 2020

Acha Bacha
By (author): Bilal Baig Introduction by: Kama La Mackerel
Bilal Baig ,

Introduction by :

Kama La Mackerel


Playwrights Canada Press



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Aug 17, 2020
$17.95 CAD


8.3in x 5.2 x 0.2 in | 140 gr

Page Count:

104 pages


80 minutes
Playwrights Canada Press
Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers 2022, Short-listed
  • Short Description
A young queer Muslim man struggles to navigate his tumultuous relationships with his genderqueer lover and manipulative mother as traumatic memories from his past begin to resurface.

For years, Zaya has delicately balanced his relationship with his Muslim faith and queer identity by keeping his genderqueer lover and manipulative mother apart. But when his mother ends up in the hospital on the same day his partner is leaving for pilgrimage, Zaya’s worlds come crashing in on each other, opening a space for traumatic memories to resurface.

Acha Bacha boldly explores the intersections between queerness, gender identity and Islamic culture in the Pakistani diaspora. It’s about the way we love, the way we are loved and what it takes to truly accept love.

Acha Bacha is a love letter to all queer and trans South Asians who have endured pain from their family and/or the world.

Bilal began writing the play after they were sexually assaulted, using it as a way to understand if their mother would ever think they were a good person after knowing what happened.

Bilal Baig (they/them) is a queer, trans-feminine, Muslim playwright, performer, and workshop facilitator. Bilal’s first play, Acha Bacha, had its world premiere in 2018 and has been published by Playwrights Canada Press. Other written work in development includes Kainchee Lagaa, Kitne Saare Laloo Yahan Pey Hain, and I want that free mind! Bilal is a core team member at non-profits such as Story Planet and Rivers of Hope, where they develop and facilitate workshops for youth in under-resourced neighbourhoods in Toronto focused on creative writing and literacy (Story Planet) and combatting Islamophobia through the arts (Rivers of Hope). Bilal has been the Playwrights Unit Facilitator for the Paprika Festival since 2019. Bilal is the lead and co-creator of the CBC/HBO Max/Sienna Films series Sort Of.

Kama La Mackerel is a Montreal-based Mauritian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist, educator, community-arts facilitator and literary translator who works within and across performance, photography, installations, textiles, digital art and literature. Their art practice is intertextual and intertextural. They have exhibited and performed their work internationally and their writing in English, French and Kreol has appeared in publications both online and in print. Their debut poetry collection ZOM-FAM was published by Metonymy Press in 2020.

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