East is East: Creativity, Impact, Legacy

This special panel talk is part of Bhuchar Boulevard's Retracing Our Footsteps initiative to create a British South Asian Theatre Archive

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  • Sunday, 28 April 2024

  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Hochhauser Auditorium, Learning Centre

  • Free event

East is East: Creativity, Impact, Legacy  photo

Join us for a conversation on the influential play East is East, with the creative team from the first production in 1996. Hear from the director, designer, and one of the actors with the talk chaired by Sudha Bhuchar, co-founder of Tamasha Theatre and current Artistic Director of Bhuchar Boulevard.

Set in Salford during the 1970s, East is East examines the push and pull of growing up in a working-class, mixed-race household. Nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, East is East has since become a beloved classic, adapted into a feature film in 1999. The play has recently enjoyed a 25th-anniversary tour in Birmingham and London.

Header image: Chris Bisson (b.1975) as Saleem Khan, Zita Sattar (b.1975) as Meenah Khan and Jimi Mistry (b.1973) as Tariq Khan, in Ayub Khan-Din's (b.1961) East is East at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Studio, photo Douglas H. Jeffery (1917-2009). Photograph. London, England, 1996 © Douglas H. Jeffery / Victoria and Albert Museum, London