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Bilal Baig

Bilal Baig is a South Asian-Canadian playwright, actor and workshop facilitator who grew up in Mississauga, Ontario. They identify as a queer, transfeminine Muslim. Baig stars in the half-hour comedy Sort Of that begins airing on the CBC Gem streaming service. Baig is also a co-creator, executive producer and writer of the show.


Acha Bacha

Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2020.
online version (access restricted to members of the university community)

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

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.


Bilal Baig interview by Christopher Turner in the Sept./Oct. 2021 issue of IN Magazine

Publisher Playwrights Canada Press