Strictly Balti
Strictly Balti

Strictly Balti

Critically acclaimed solo show from Saikat Ahamed

Thurs 15 to Sat 17 June 7.30pm


Featured in The Guardian Readers’ Favourite stage shows of 2015

This enchanting and compelling autobiographical story is written and performed by Bristol theatre maker Saikat Ahamed.

Ballroom dancing is not the only humiliation heaped on Saikat by his ambitious parents. There’s catechism and Latin too. And no-one gets his name right, ever.

Join Saikat as he dances precariously through his dual-identity childhood, torn between the familiar sights of Birmingham and the mysteries of Bangladesh. Meet werewolves in the playground, nuns in the corridors and tangerines in the dancehall… The play takes a humorous look at what it means to be British from someone who had to learn the hard way.

This is a show for anyone who ever had to grow up, a show about being a second generation immigrant in the UK but feeling like an Englishman abroad.

The story is set in the leafy suburbs of 1980’s Birmingham, but behind the doors of Saikat’s mock Tudor semi-detached home is a whole world of vibrant colours, exotic scents and eastern politics. STRICTLY BALTI tells the tale of one boy’s mission to find his place in the world between two conflicting cultures.

#70/70 @ TARA THEATRE
At midnight on 14/15 August 1947, India and Pakistan became independent from the British Empire. A relationship that formally began with Sir Thomas Roe’s embassy to the court of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1615, ended over three centuries later with the independent nations of India and Pakistan.
The Indian sub-continent shaped Britain’s destiny, as much as Britain shaped modern India and Pakistan’s. Tara Theatre marks this extraordinarily intimate relationship through a series of 70 events over the course of the year - plays, music, dance and spoken word that illuminate the connections between the worlds of India, Pakistan and Britain.
“A moment comes which comes but rarely in history,
when we step out from the old to the new…”
Jawaharlal Nehru on 15 August 1947

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