East Is East
- Audio Described
The smash-hit comedy-drama returns home for its 25th anniversary.
George Khan wants to raise his family the proper Pakistani way but hasn't counted on the distractions of 70s Salford. Abdul and Tariq aren't ready to be married off, Saleem is pushing artistic boundaries, Meenah's skirt is too short and Sajit just wants to hide in his parka. Can mum Ella keep the family together?
Since premiering on The REP's stage in 1996, East Is East has sold out three London runs, been adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film and become a modern classic of comic-drama. Rediscover this joyous play where it all began.
“On the 8th of October 1996, at 7:45, I sat in the studio of The REP, quietly crapping myself! It was the first performance of East Is East. I'd managed to get time off work to travel up for the first previews and press night, little did I know that my life was going to change so completely after this evening. I wondered if an autobiographical play about my life growing up in a bi-racial family would appeal to anyone outside of my immediate circle. The night was sparkling… The response from the audience was tremendous.
The first review I read was from the Birmingham press, and I've never forgotten it, I didn't realise it at the time how prescient it would prove to be; it read, “Hamlet is not a play about Danes, and the same can be said of East Is East” 25 years on, and the play has been performed all over the world, in many languages to many different cultures. Now here we are, on the 25th anniversary, back where it all started and I couldn't be more thrilled or excited, it's like coming home.”
Ayub Khan Din
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Amy-Leigh Hickman Meenah Khan
Irvine Iqbal Doctor/Mr Shah
Tony Jayawardena George Khan
Adonis Jenieco Saleem Khan
Rachel Lumberg Auntie Annie
Noah Manzoor Sajit Khan
Joeravar Sangha Maneer Khan
Gurjeet Singh Tariq Khan
Sophie Stanton Ella Khan
Assad Zaman Abdul Khan
Ayub Khan Din Writer
Iqbal Khan Director
Bretta Gerecke Set, Production & Lighting Designer
Susan Kulkarni Costume Designer
Felix Dubs Composer
Jon Nicholls Sound Designer
RC Annie Fight Director
Stuart Burt CDG Casting Director
Natasha Kathi-Chandra Associate Director
Max White Associate Producer
Abi Lumb Voice Coach
Suzanne Knight Associate Costume Designer & Supervisor
JoJo Dutton Makeup & Hair Designer
Heather Doole Production Manager
Sam Paterson Set Build Production Manager
Jo Alexander Company Stage Manager
Ana Carter Deputy Stage Manager
Myer Daniels Assistant Stage Manager
Laura Stone Props Supervisor & Assistant Stage Manager
Bitterly and wickedly funny...Its explorations of identity, race, relationships, power, gender dynamics and familial aspiration ensure it still has as much to say to audiences of 2021 as it did 25 years ago
Heartfelt and humorous
Full of serious insight...also very funny
Magnificent revival of culture-clash classic
Box Office: 0121 236 4455
Recommended for 14+
Post Show Discussion Thursday 23 September
Our Creative Learning Team will be delivering a workshop on 'Exploring Culture and Identity'. The workshop will use extracts from the East is East script as a stimulus to look at how cultural expectations in community groups can impact the way people grow up, make decisions and form relationships with others. If you are interested in finding out more and would like to book this workshop please get in touch with our Creative Learning department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Socially Distanced Performances
Monday 6 September, 7.30pm
Wednesday 8 September, 7.30pm
Monday 13 September, 7.30pm
Wednesday 15 September, 7.30pm
Friday 17 September, 7.30pm
Monday 20 September, 7.30pm
Wednesday 22 September, 7.30pm
Thursday 23 September, 2.30pm
Friday 24 September, 7.30pm
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