What do you do when the people you're closest to – who you rely on for just about everything – refuse to accept a fundamental truth about you? That's what happens to Danny, the central character in James Elazzi's comedy Lady Tabouli (Jan 9-18), which is having its world premiere as part of Sydney Festival thanks to the National Theatre of Parramatta.
Danny lives with his strictly religious Lebanese mother and is preparing for his nephew's baptism. He's set to be godfather, but when he unexpectly calls his engagement off, things start to fall apart. The result is a funny and tough exploration of identity and a tricky clash of cultures.
Award-winning director Dino Dimitriadis is at the helm of this production. We asked him a few questions about making queer theatre in and about Western Sydney, and why he chose to work with an emerging playwright on this project.