Diamond Babu's Bengali Bioscope

Community events, Cultural events, Drama, Dance and Performance, Festivals, Season of Bangla Drama
Thursday 12th November 2020 (18:15-19:00)
Diamond Babu
  • Join us at 18:15 on 12 November for the live, online Q and A via Zoom! 
  • Sit back, relax at home, and watch the pre-recorded production at a time that suits you.
  • The performance is 15 minutes long and will be available from 17:15 on 12 November and for 48 hours after the discussion. 
  • Register for the performance and to participate in the Q and A.
  • Free of charge
  • Language: English and Bangla. This will have English subtitles.


Diamond Babu’s Bengali Bioscope’s story takes place at the beginning of the 20th century in India. Set in Calcutta, the second most important city of the British Empire, it is not about strange customs in the backwater of the Raj. The play explores the central tensions of renaissance thought: rationalism, tradition and religiosity; individualism versus community spirit and the inherent moral dilemmas. Diamond Babu’s Bengali Bioscope highlights the drawbacks of modern progress in the former colonies, and the politics of erasure in practice, that maintain the dominance of the western narrative. 

Hiralal or Diamond Babu is a sophisticated, modern intellectual. He is well educated in both western philosophy and eastern ethics.  He has technological acumen but, at the same time, a lack of business sense. His generosity, coupled with a reckless streak, reflects the struggle of Bengali culture to retain its native soul against a British and western hegemony. 

Cast and Production Team

  • Cast: Rez Kabir and Jordon Kemp
  • Play by Ebadur Rahman
  • Directed by Mukul Ahmed
  • Design by Erica Greenshields

 About Mukul and Ghetto Tigers  

Mukul and Ghetto Tigers is an east London-based theatre company that features new writing as well as taking a fresh look at the classics, both western and sub continental.  Their aim is to mentor and nurture fresh talents through re-imagination, innovation and collaboration between artists and artforms in a diverse cultural context.