The Dreams of Our Lives (Shopner Thikana)

Community events, Cultural events, Drama, Dance and Performance, Season of Bangla Drama, Workshops and activities
Friday 13th November 2020 (18:15-19:00)
  • Join us at 18:15 on 13 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 30 minutes long and will be available from 17:15 on 13 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.


This story focuses on the struggles and hardship of a loving and independent daughter Monica, who strives to rescue her father’s, restaurant. The restaurant is nearly lost due to a conflict between her father, Mr. Rahman and his ambitious son, Ripon, a law student who dreams of becoming a barrister. 

Mr. Rahman’s hopes are shattered when he discovers that Ripon does not wish to run the restaurant. Monica loves her father dearly and steps in, offering to manage the business. This creates conflict in her marriage to Faisal who becomes abusive. Monika hires a manager to help run the business, but is slammed with a £60,000 fine, as the three staff recruited by the manager over-stay their work visas.

Ripon, now an established barrister, negotiates and reduces the fine, which fills his father’s heart with pride and joy. As Monica’s abuse worsens, she fears for the safety of herself and her daughter.  She seeks support from the school and social services.  With courage and determination, she escapes further abuse and starts to not only survive, but flourish in her new career as a restaurateur. 


Cast and production team

Cast: Rumen Rahman, Sony Chowdhury, Anu Deb, Mehruba Mariam Mou

Story, Script and Direction: Kazi Nazrul Islam

Concept, Editing and Production Design: Motiur R Taj

 About the company

Stagecraft Theatre London provide unique theatre experiences.  It is the brainchild of Motiur R Taj and Kazi Nazrul Islam who formed this arts and educational charity to support and encourage community groups in the UK. They highlight and raise awareness of these issues by running workshops, training programmes, educational classes, celebrating cultures and organising events.