Nadia P Manzoor is a British Pakistani actor, writer, and producer, whose autobiographical one-woman show, Burq Off! has had sold-out runs in New York, LA, San Francisco, London and Toronto. It has been called a «Gutsy, honest, hilarious must-see!» by Deepak Chopra, and «Terrific» by The Economist. She is the co-creator and performer of Shugs & Fats, a Gotham Award winning web series and has recently been named one of the twenty-five new faces of independent film by Filmmaker Magazine.
Incisive and outspoken, Nadia’s has appeared on CNN, The BBC, NPR, and Radio Q and has been featured in Elle India, Vogue India, The Daily Beast, and The Times of India. She recently delivered a TedX talk on creative collaboration, and is a frequent guest speaker on panels that focus on women in Islam and the Muslim identity. Her writing has appeared on the Huffington Post, India.com, and Brown Girl Magazine. Manzoor’s interests lie in challenging the status quo through laughter. To further fuse her passion for performance and social justice, she founded Paprika Productions, an all-female production company that produces works by brave, curious women.
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INTERVIEWS & FEATURES
Monsoon Festival Puts The Spotlight On South Asian Performing Arts
by Mark Robins
Nadia Manzoor Defines Herself In Burq Off!
by Stuart Derdeyn
Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts Brings Local, International South Asian Talent Centre Stage
by Noor Khwaja
The Georgia Straight
Burq Off! Finds Hilarity In Tension Between Tradition And Freedom
by Janet Smith
Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts: 5 Points of Interest
by Stuart Derdeyn
CNN Connect the World
Interview with Becky Anderson
The Stream Panel Discussion with Zarqa Nawaz and Zahra Noorbakhsh
On Modesty and Fashion
interview with Talia Schlanger
BBC Asian Network Radio
London Live UK channel 117
interview with Luke Blackall
with Christiane Amanpour
BBC UK URDU channel
interview in urdu
BBC radio 4
Woman’s hour with Jane Garvey
Midweek Cocktail Chatter
with Josh Zepps
with Marc Lamont Hill
BBC World Service
Outlook radio show
with Bann Matt
with Parvathi Mehan
Moral Courage TV
with Rollie Williams
with Deepak Chopra
with Jonathan Mann
Burq-Off, Nadia Manzoor’s comic look inside British Pakistani
Community coming to London
BURQ OFF!: Nadia Manzoor’s One-Woman Show Comically Explores Life as a British Pakistani
by Foram Mehta
Brown Girl Magazine
Nadia Manzoor’s Autobiographical One-Woman Show Explores Life As A British-Pakistani
by Foram Mehta
The Good Muslim
by Cheryl-Ann Couto
Pierce the veil
by Aarti Virani
Masala Mommas Radio
Toronto Desi Diaries
Burq Off! Unveils
Hypocrisy With Humour
The Mississauga News
by Radhika Panjwani
GT Film: Famous Four
Unveiled: ‘Nobody expects
Muslim women to be comedians’
The National, Arts & Lifestyle:
Nadia Manzoor’s one-woman comedy show explores the cultural contradictions of growing up as British-Pakistani Muslim
Christiane Amanpour, CNN International
Resonates deeply right now as the world confronts the brutality of ISIS, especially toward women. . . and it’s funny!
A gutsy, honest, hilarious must-see!
Matthew Bishop. New York Bureau Chief of The Economist
It was terrific!
Nadia Manzoor’s ambitious one-woman show…is a no-holds-barred performance.
Jennifer Vanasco, WNYC
Manzoor is a charismatic and funny performer with a gift for impressions…
Dan Kitrosser, NY Theater Now
Directed by Tara Elliot, Burq Off! is a tour de force of performance and some stage magic…[it is an] impressive, thought provoking and impassioned solo-show about one woman’s journey from orthodoxy in the British-Muslim world to progressivism in the world beyond it.
Antonia Marrero, The Daily Beast
Few artists address the clash of tribalism and modernity with more wit and insight than Nadia P. Manzoor, whose one-woman show, BURQ OFF!, explores themes of sex, religion, culture, truth, and family.
Eleanor Bador, Theater is Easy
Burq Off! Is provocative, and uses humor to elucidate sensitive and thorny social issues. Manzoor’s central question remains important for all immigrants: how best to maintain one’s roots while simultaneously allowing new branches to flourish.
Alice Chinatomby, Brown Girl Magazine
As Manzoor learns how to navigate between her orthodox family life and liberal Western attitudes, she is careful not to portray herself as a victim, but an empowered woman who finds liberation by many instances in her life…With full commitment to express gawky faces and nail each character’s personality, she brings delightful humor to the show.
Sheana Ochoa, Levantine Cultural Center
Once in a while a new talent comes to us with such presence and authenticity, the artistic merit of the work cannot be denied… Nadia P. Manzoor’s one-woman autobiographical play BURQ OFF!…is one such ennobling and humanizing tour de force…It’s also hysterically funny.
Irshad Manji. Bestselling author and founder of Moral Courage.
Nadia P Manzoor has the guts to put EVERYTHING out there. She’s creating taboo conversations with the most provocative and honest of questions — about family, tribe, tradition, religion and the God that dwells within her own conscience. Burq Off is no insult; it’s a call to liberate the human soul from the shackles of shame.