7–16 JANUARY Riverside Theatres $44–$59 + BF
Queen Fatima
Queen Fatima
7–16 JANUARY Riverside Theatres $44–$59 + BF
Queen Fatima
$44–$59 + BF
“One of Sydney's most exciting young writers”
– Time Out [on James Elazzi]

Unfortunately, due to a cast injury, all remaining performances of Queen Fatima have been cancelled. Riverside's National Theatre of Parramatta hopes a future remounted season may be possible, and that there will be an opportunity for you and other theatre goers to attend Queen Fatima.

We apologise for any inconvenience.


Pressured to be married with children, 30-year-old Fatima seeks glory at the Queen Lebanon Australia pageant to gain the respect of her boyfriend’s high-flying lawyer parents. But how can a baker’s daughter transform herself to prove she is worthy of his love? 

With the help of her 74-year-old best friend Gada, Fatima shows that narrow-minded ideals about diversity, looks and valuing each other, are no match for her stereotype-busting plans.  

Queen Fatima is a heartfelt comedy about celebrating our differences, from acclaimed writer James Elazzi (Lady Tabouli, Sydney Festival 2020). Directed by Paige Rattray, Fatima is part of True West, the National Theatre of Parramatta’s independent theatre season celebrating contemporary voices and talents from Sydney’s west. 

Queen Fatima is a part of Riverside's National Theatre of Parramatta's True West

Runtime: 100 mins

Want to read the script? Visit Australian Plays to read Queen Fatima until 26 January.

Performance Times

Thu 7 Jan at 8pm (CANCELLED*)
Fri 8 Jan at 8pm (preview)
Sat 9 Jan at 8pm
Tue 12 Jan at 8pm
Wed 13 Jan at 8pm (CANCELLED*)
Thu 14 Jan at 8pm (CANCELLED*)
Fri 15 Jan at 8pm (CANCELLED*)
Sat 16 Jan at 2.30pm (CANCELLED*)
Sat 16 Jan at 8pm (CANCELLED*)

*performances cancelled due to cast injury

Ticketing and Pricing
    Reserved Full Price – $44
    Reserved Concession – $40
    + booking fee

    Reserved Full Price
    – $59
    Reserved Concession – $55
    + booking fee

    Please note that paired seats cannot be split, therefore if you are after a single seat please select a seat that is on its own.
    If you are after other configurations, please contact the Sydney Festival office during business hours.


Wheelchair Access
Access to Riverside Theatres is via the main entrance. There are a limited number of courtesy wheelchairs available for loan on site.  

Please note that there is limited paid parking available at the venue for patrons that hold a current disability parking permit. These spaces need to be pre-booked and there is a $5 fee for parking. Entry to parking is via Market street, behind Riverside and there is a ramp from the car park to the theatre walkway for access to the venue.  

Assistive Listening
Hearing assistive systems are in all Riverside Theatres. To access this free service, please contact the Riverside Box Office and your receiver and earpiece or loop will be available for collection prior to the performance.  

Service Animals
Service animals are welcome at Riverside Theatres.  

Important Info

Face masks are mandatory at all Sydney Festival events for all patrons 13 years and older, in line with NSW Government regulations. A face mask is required at all times while inside foyers, theatres and outdoor venues, including during performances. Children 12 and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.

Warning – this performance contains strong language.

Recommended for ages 12+

Cast and Credits

Writer James Elazzi
Director Paige Rattray
Production Manager Cara Woods
Designer Renée Mulder

Photo: Shane Rozario

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