The Burqa Master
The Burqa master is a paradoxical drama and comedy following the lives of an Iranian father and son exiled in London.
The old man, a diabetic sugar addict is lost between the mosque and Turkish delight. He shoots up insulin passing from stupor and self-pity to holy fervour, crashing about, shouting sermons and dropping syringes around the house.
His son Hamid, living the Muslim paradise here and now, tries to humour his father by working in the family shop and taking part in the dawn prayers accompanied by Muezzin chants on the ghetto blaster.
But Hamid also has a secret life recruiting female shop clients to sex sessions. Disguised as a widow in a burqa he gives ‘English lessons’ to these Muslim housewives in the privacy of their bedrooms, while their husbands happily pay.
The precarious harmony between father and son is destroyed by a series of accidents which are farcical yet tragic, causing the old man to relive a dark secret buried in his faded memories as he relives his own public flogging for a crime he'd commit again given the chance.
Published: 15 May 2012
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