Politics, history, fact and fiction in this year's Season of Bangla Drama festival

Season of Bangla Drama plasma screen
This year’s Season of Bangla Drama, a festival of dance, music and theatre, returns to Tower Hamlets from 2-25 November in a celebration of culture, gender and identity.

Twelve theatrical productions across four venues will explore politics, history, fact and fiction in a variety of traditional and contemporary performances, which are all relevant to the diversity of east London.

100 years on from the vote, this year’s season of Bangla sees a celebration of womanhood with a plethora of female characters in key roles.

Performances in English and Bengali languages also delve into themes of freedom, changing values in a fast paced world and the anti-racism movement.

Season of Bangla Drama opens with Brick Lane 78, a stirring performance about the racist murder of Bangladeshi garment worker Altab Ali and the mobilisation of a community that stood up to defend its identity, rights and dignity.

A fringe programme of talks, walks and exhibitions supplements the productions, running for three weeks.

A Season of Bangla Drama is a great platform for writers, actors, directors and producers, as well as being great for audiences.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: “I am thrilled that A Season of Bangla Drama will return to the borough’s stages next month. Tower Hamlets is renowned for putting on events, which bring our communities together in celebration. I am pleased to see that historical events and issues will be brought to life over the three weeks of music, dance and theatre.”

Cllr Amina Ali, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Brexit added: “The festival shows the very best of our Bangladeshi community. I encourage residents of all ages and backgrounds to take part in and enjoy the diverse range of cultural activity on offer.”

 

Posted on Wednesday 24th October 2018