Us Two Bengali Girls (Daal - Bhaat)

Location
Online
Category
Cultural events, Drama, Dance and Performance, Season of Bangla Drama, Workshops and activities
Date(s)
Saturday 14th November 2020 (16:15-17:15)
Description
Amra

 

  • Join us at 16:15 on 14 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 15:15 on 14 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.

 

Synopsis

Sophia and Shumi are second-generation British Bangladeshi sisters. That’s about all they have in common. Embroiled in a bitter inheritance battle, the pair hold deep-seated resentment and anger. All while a pot of daal is cooked and rice is boiled.

Days before a mediation meeting, both sneak into the old family home, in an attempt to salvage some memories, only to face each other. What begins as angry venting, both airing their respective grudges at each other’s perceived flaws, gradually becomes a walk down memory lane as each pick objects from their childhood that connect them to each other as well as their British Bangladeshi heritage. 

Sophia, who has anglicised her name from its original Sufia, is touched by the memories of Sunday Bangla school while sorting through old exercise books.  Shumi, remembers the weekend dance lessons looking at her old ghungoor, dancing for the first time as an adult. 

The pair fight over who gets to keep what of their parents and grandparents belongings, from their mother’s saree to her father’s glasses, or Dadi’s threadbare prayer mat and tasbih. Confused and lost, and no longer able to see the sister in the strangers they have become, the only comfort of home is the daal-bhaat they share. 

The arrival of an outsider, who wants to buy the house, reminds the girls of the threat to their memories and fragility of their shared identity. 

Cast and production team

Cast - Syeda Tasmia Tahia and Syeda Tasnia Tahsin

Writer and Director - Syeda Tasmia Tahia

With support from: Mahmuda Akhtar Zahan, Syed Tariqul Islam, Dr. Canan Salih, Rokshana Khan, Tracey Hammill and Jules Deering

About the Company

"Amra" means "we" in Bengali. Amra Theatre is a collaborative cultural group, promoting contemporary arts and literary activities. We pay tribute to the experiences and struggles that often find no platform or voice. We are actors and we are activists, using the stage to voice everyday issues which are otherwise ignored.