Spectacular seventeenth Season of Bangla Drama returns

Performers from Gauhar Jaan will feature in Season of Bangla Drama

Performers from Gauhar Jaan will feature in Season of Bangla Drama

A Season of Bangla Drama, the council’s unique festival of British-Bengali dance, music, theatre, exhibitions and talks, returns to venues across Tower Hamlets from 1 - 24 November.

Seventeen theatrical productions across seven venues will explore politics, history, fact and fiction in a variety of performances, reflecting the diversity of east London.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “I welcome the return of Season of Bangla Drama to the borough’s stages this November. Now in its seventeenth year, the festival includes themes which people of all ages and backgrounds can identify with.

Issues such as immigration, homelessness, human rights and the environment are key themes of this year’s festival. 

The season opens with the play Nemesis 2 – the game changer, produced by the council’s youth arts scheme ‘A’ Team Arts.

This summer, the group successfully toured the production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The play uses rap and spoken word, dance, drama and technology to look at issues such as terrorism, online grooming, marginalisation and religious extremism.

The season also includes a dance off by dance troupes IMD Legions and Bolly Flex. East will meet west in the high-octane fusion of hip-hop and Bollywood.

Councillor Sabina Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Brexit, said: “A Season of Bangla Drama showcases some of the very best of British-Bengali identity in the UK today through music, dance, discussion and more. I encourage residents of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy the fantastic range of cultural activity.”

A Season of Bangla Drama is a great platform for new and established writers, actors, directors and producers, as well as a treat for audiences in Tower Hamlets.

The full programme of events and how to book can be found on the council’s arts website.

Posted on Thursday 24th October 2019