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Submissions open for A Season of Bangla Drama 2022

 Freedom Anthologies


This November will see another great festival of theatre across Tower Hamlets when the Council’s Arts, Park and Events Team will once again be delivering A Season of Bangla Drama.

In recognition of 2022 being the 70th anniversary of International Mother Language Day, we are launching this year’s Season of Bangla Drama to coincide with this key event on Monday 21 February.  We welcome Expressions of Interest which can be submitted at any time from then, until Monday 25 April at 10am.

This unique month-long event has been running each year since 2003 and more recently, in collaboration with the Drama Department at Queen Mary, University of London. We are seeking new writing in 2022 on the themes of self-determination and freedom of speech.

We are always keen to see a range of different perspectives on contemporary British Bengali life. Playwrights can be based locally or nationally but content should be relevant to an East London audience and must be new writing.

A Season of Bangla Drama can help local groups to develop their expertise and skills in theatre production and provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase new writing to both established and emerging audiences from all communities.

We look forward to being back in theatres in 2022, but are delighted at the positive responses received for our online festival, Home Seasoning, in 2020.

One audience member stated:

‘The fantastic acting, Lead actor is just awesome. Thanks, SBD for bringing the festival at home for us during Lockdown.’

Another attendee wrote:

‘Watching and appreciating SOBD for organising our drama festival despite of the adversity for COVID-19’

Get involved

Those that are interested in getting involved in 2022 should download the Expression of Interest form

Please read the guidelines and criteria carefully before filling out this form. The deadine for receiving Expressions of Interest is 25 April 2022.