Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date?
To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below.

Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

Photo of RJ Jeyaratnam by Colton Curtis


  • A Crow's Theatre Production
  • Zahida Rahemtulla
  • Paolo Santalucia
  • May 21 - Jun 9, 2024
  • Tickets start at $50
  • Guloien Theatre
  • Details


    Bashir Ladha, a young philosophy major leaning towards nihilism, reluctantly moves back home with his parents and is unwittingly chosen to serve in a prestigious religious position in his Ismaili community. When two council representatives arrive to meet their esteemed nominee, a hilarious mistaken-identity romp ensues, prompting the intergenerational family to question their own lifelong traditions.

    Playwright and short-story writer Zahida Rahemtulla premiered THE WRONG BASHIR, her playwriting debut, in Vancouver to a sold-out run and critical acclaim in March 2023. She received an Honourable Mention in the Alice Munro Short Story Contest and was longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize. 

    Directed by Paolo Santalucia (Prodigal), THE WRONG BASHIR is a laugh-out-loud farce that uses humour to explore the balance between personal freedom, familial expectations, and cultural traditions.

    IDEAS AT CROW'S THEATRE—Pre-Show Live Taping of CBC Radio's IDEAS
    "Community, Citizenship and Belonging" featuring Jamie Chai Yun Liew:
    • Inspired by this show, Novelist and immigration and refugee lawyer Jamie Chai Yun Liew explores how our ideas of kinship and family shape the way we understand community, citizenship, and belonging.
    • Sunday, June 2, 2024
    • NOTE: Admission to the taping is free, but space is limited, and separate tickets are needed if you'll also be attending the show afterwards. Reserve your spot here.
    Post-Show Talkback (in the Theatre):
    • Tuesday, May 28
    Mask Required Performances:
    • Sunday, May 26 @ 1:30pm (also a Pay-What-You-Can performance)
    • Tuesday, June 4 @ 7:30pm
    The Wrong Bashir is one big wacky romp.” Vancouverplays

    Subscribe & Save! Purchase a four or six ticket flexible subscription and save up to 30% compared to single tickets!

  • Dates & Times
  • The Team


    • Zahida Rahemtulla - Playwright & Associate Director
    • Paolo Santalucia - Director