Shazia’s week

As the curtain rose, everyone was sobbing. I’ve never seen so many people crying at a musical


Shazia Mirza is an award-winning stand up comedian. In 2003 she was named by The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. Since 2006 she has written a fortnightly column for the New Statesman, for which she won Columnist of the Year at the PPA Awards.

This article first appeared in the 27 July 2009 issue of the New Statesman, On tour with the far right