(Formerly the Whitehall Theatre)
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EAST IS EAST (play)
Ends 3rd January
CONTAINS ON STAGE SMOKING, VIOLENCE AND STRONG LANGUAGE. NOT SUITABLE
FOR THOSE AGED UNDER 12 OR THE EASILY OFFENDED.
Pakistani chip-shop owner George Khan - "Genghis" to his kids - is
determined to give his children a strict upbringing against the
unforgiving backdrop of 1970s Salford. Household tension reaches
breaking point as their long-suffering English mother, Ella, gets caught
in the cross fire - her loyalties divided between her marriage and the
free will of her children.
Award-winning playwright Ayub Khan Din’s first play, East is East, which
premiered at the Royal Court and was later turned into a much-loved
feature film, returns to the London stage after 17 years. This hilarious
and ever-pertinent modern classic about growing up in multiracial
England will star the multi award-winning stage and screen actress Jane
Horrocks (Young Vic’s Annie Get Your Gun, Sunshine on Leith, The Rise
And Fall Of Little Voice, Absolutely Fabulous) as Ella Khan, one of the
greatest female roles written for modern theatre.
Khan Din himself steps into his semi-autobiographical take on British
Asian life in the 1970s – a play that continues to resonate and provoke
discussion – to play her husband, George “Genghis” Khan.
Directed by acclaimed young director Sam Yates, East is East is the next
production in Jamie Lloyd’s second season for Trafalgar Transformed.
Why East is East? - Youtube
What is East is East? - Youtube
Cast includes: Jane Horrocks (Ella Khan) and Ayub Khan Din (George
Universal 4 stars, it seems, from the professional reviewers, though. The truth
of the piece, avoiding any "political correctness" message in favour of simply
looking at a family dynamic. Jane Horrocks gets rave reviews as "Ella," with a
quiet fortitude, using humour to cope with George (Khan Din) whose weakness and
uncompromising attitude affect the lives of all whom she loves. Nathan Clarke as
their son also gets a good mention.
The story itself is farcical and tragic by
turn - from the comedy of a forced circumcision to the domestic abuse.
Frustration and change are the themes, and strong direction and a sound stage
design are praised for giving the whole the exact weight it needs, as required.
A few quibble with the age of the piece, but in general this is a discourse into
a different generation that rewards audience attention, is the conclusion.
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