Daughters of the Curry Revolution (sprint)

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Fri 18 - Sat 19 March at 6.30pm/7.30pm/8.30pm/9.30pm

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Presented by Afreena Islam

Work in Progress Performance

“When I was little, I used to hang out at my dad’s restaurant every weekend, back when they used to stay open until 5am. After a hard days toil running round like I owned the place for a bit, I would fall asleep to the CCTV; my body on the chest freezer, and my head resting on a pile of tablecloths. Daughters of the Curry Revolution is an exploration into my dad’s life; from his journey to this country, to his journey to this day.”

My dad is an illiterate Muslim immigrant called Michael. He left home when he was 8, and came to England when he was 22. He worked for about 65 years, retired, and then had a brain hemorrhage. He’s 84 now.

I am a first generation Mancunian Bangladeshi called Afreena. I tried to leave home a few times, but the smell of my mums curry always led me back. I’m the last child (as far as I know) born to my dad. I’m 25 now.

Image credit – Tamsin Drury
Project Mentor – Peader Kirk
Co-commissioned by hÅb + Contact for Works Ahead. Supported using public funding through Arts Council England.

“I’ve never told my dad that I love him and it would be contrived if I ever did. We’re not a very lovey-dovey family. But I guess this performance is something of a love letter, maybe?” –> Read Afreena’s blog here.

This show is performed off-site at the Surma Community Centre. For Directions please click here.

Part of Sprint 2016, London’s biggest and best festival of the newest, most adventurous theatre from across the UK and beyond.

About the artist

Afreena calls herself an artist only when she’s got something to say. The rest of the time, she project manages stuff, researches stuff, performs in stuff, sits on boards and eats posh sandwiches. This is her first solo work.

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