Goodbye Friend ('বন্ধু বিদায়')

Cultural events, Drama, Dance and Performance, Festivals, Season of Bangla Drama, Workshops and activities
Saturday 21st November 2020 (18:15-19:00)
  • Sit back, relax at home, and watch the pre-recorded production at a time that suits you.
  • Join us at 18:15 on 21 November for the live, online Q and A via Zoom! 
  • The performance is 45 minutes long and will be available from 17:15 on 21 November, and for 48 hours after the discussion. 
  • Register for the performance and to participate in the Q and A.
  • Free of charge
  • Langauge: Bangla. This will have English subtitles.



‘বন্ধু বিদায়’ is based on the global pandemic that has ravaged the world. In this play the inequality faced by millions in nations across the world, as a result of this virus, is brought to the forefront. The play exposes the injustices of our economic system and how inefficient it is at helping the impoverished people who rely on it the most.

This is a story of two resilient sisters, who fight through the pandemic to survive in Bangladesh.

 It begins with the story of Sufia, a seventeen-year-old village girl who lives happily with her mother, sister and nephew. The writer portrays an image of a poor working-class family, who at one time had happiness in their lives. Her sister Afia is a divorcee and a mother of an eight-year-old child, whereas Sufia is a student who spends her time on studies and looking after Afia’s son when she is away.

 When Afia, a nurse, is transferred from Trishal to Dhaka, Sufia must take the reins and care for the family. Afia’s small income alone is not sufficient to support the family, so Sufia is forced to give up her studies and take up a job through her friend Ali. Who knows what the fate of this family will be…


Cast and production team

Cast: Rubaiat Sharmin Jhara, Mehbuba Sultana Lithi Roudro, Sadeq Ahmad Chowdhury and Ananta Kashem, Kalam


Written by Farida Ahmed Niku

Directed by Rubaiat Sharmin Jhara

Voice/vocal by Arfuman Choudhury

Sound/Music by Sadeq Ahmad Chowdhury


About the company

Trioarts, London – where the west meets the east.  Trioarts is a British Bangladeshi cultural group who combine the three artforms of dance, drama and music. They build bridges between cultures and aim to foster a greater understanding of the issues of the time affecting us all.