Mukul & Ghetto Tigers and Sohaya Visions presents
east-enders with easterners
Written by Raminder Kaur and directed by Mukul Ahmed
Who doesn’t harbour secrets? Mishti Gals (sweet swearing in Bengali) tells the funny, poignant and scorching story of the lives of three British Bengali women. Frenemies in their 40s, they have all made life choices which defy expectation. A repressed lecturer called Shubarna, a shopaholic city worker, Lata, and a brazen media socialite, Mou, live in the fast changing landscape of E1. None of them are married with the obligatory 2.2 children. Instead, against all the odds, they make merry and blaze other paths - some hilarious, and some back-stabbingly serious. Welcome to the real east end!
Spirited dialogue merges with the songs and poetry of Rabindranath Tagore and Lalon to an up-to-the-minute, metropolitan beat. Inspired by the play, Sonata, by Mahesh Elkunchwar, the drama invites us to reconsider our assumptions about Asian women's age, marital status and sexual lives.
Mishti Gals stars Urmee Majher as Shubarna, Saida Tani as Lata and Saima Ahmed as Mou. Urmee has been a TV personality since the launch of Bangla TV in 1999, and now works as a producer and presenter for ATN Bangla UK. Saida is an internationally recognised performer and singer with an angelic voice. Saima is a performer, director and media personality well-known for her own talk show, Women Today. Together with the vivacious choreography of Pinache Khan, Mishti Gals is a riotous explosion of drama, dance and song.
Raminder Kaur is an award-winning writer based at the University of Sussex, and Mukul Ahmed a captivating director for Mukul & Ghetto Tigers who have produced several powerful productions. For their other work, the Guardian wrote: ‘Mukul Ahmed's lively and fast-paced version of Romeo and Juliet, which is performed in a mixture of English and Bengali, but in so cunning a fashion you barely notice the joins’.
The performances will be at Pinter Studio, Arts One, Queen Mary University, Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS
Friday 11 November, 2016 2 pm (free performance for invited guests only)
Friday 11 November, 2016 7.30pm (£8 / £5 conc.)
Saturday 12 November, 2016 7.30pm (£8 / £5 conc,)
Doors open at 7pm
Suitable for ages 10+. In English with some Bangla.
The production is supported by the Arts Council, A Season of Bangla Drama, Tower Hamlets Council, Sussex Asia Centre and the Canary Wharf Group.
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