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12:00 AM, October 15, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 15, 2018

'Brick Lane '78' touring England

A timely theatre production titled Brick Lane '78 directed by Sudip Chakroborthy is touring England in association with Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council and Black Country Touring. The play is based on the racially motivated killing of a Bangladeshi garment worker named Altab Ali in East London on 5 May 1978.

The killing turned into a movement of identity, resistance and recognition of the Bengali Diaspora society in the 70's Britain. This production can be considered a re-examination of the Diaspora community's political history and route to a statement of unity and harmony in the 'West' that is currently in a revival instance of exclusionary practices of the xenophobic political context. The play is written by Murad Khan, performed by actors from diverse backgrounds, and produced by the Birmingham based theatre company Purbanat CIC.

“It is a great opportunity for me to direct the play and experience a part of my research in practice,” said director Sudip Chakroborthy. “My aim is to explore how Bangladesh is imagined and represented at various local, communal and global levels, and propose how conciliation can be achieved by forging a multi-axial cultural identity through performance practices.” The practice-as-research doctoral project at Goldsmiths, University of London specifically opens a platform to understand the notion of 'identity' during the making of Brick Lane '78.

The scheduled shows are in Birmingham tomorrow, Oldham on October 31, London on November 2 and 3,  Goldsmiths University on  January 21, and Manchester, Leicester and some other cities are yet to be confirmed.

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