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24th October, 2014

Season of Bangla Drama returns to Queen Mary

Identity, love and migration are amongst the themes that will be explored by the 12th Season of Bangla Drama festival, which returns to Queen Mary University of London this November.

Organised as a collaboration between the Drama Department at QMUL and Tower Hamlets Council, the festival will showcase the best of Bangladeshi performance culture; marrying traditional techniques with challenging contemporary interpretations.

Highlights of the 2014 programme include Bangla interpretations of well-known classics like Beckett’sWaiting for Godot, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The festival also includes a range of original poetry readings, dance and dramatic performances, and stories of migration, home, loss, and belonging.

Theatrical productions will be held alongside a series of exhibitions, talks and panel discussions. The festival will explore a diverse range of themes and topics including: theatre in conflict and the challenges of creating ‘issue led’ Asian Drama in Britain.

One of the issues that the festival seeks to explore is the meaning of the term Bangla. For many, it is a contested term.

The 2014 event will include, for the first time in the festival’s history, a continual professional development programme to support and develop skills amongst participating artists and performers.

Full details of the festival, the programme and online booking are available here. You can follow the festival’s progress on Twitter and Facebook.

A Season of Bangla Drama is supported by Arts Council England, Queen Mary University of London, Canary Wharf Group PLC, and Tower Hamlets Council.


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