East is East (West End edition)

By Ayub Khan Din

East is East (West End edition)
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ISBN: 9781848424258
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 2nd October 2014
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945), Plays for young people (12-18 years)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: This version: Trafalgar Studios, West End, 2014

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The play that gave birth to the smash-hit film – a wonderful comedy about growing up in multiracial Salford.

Pakistani chip-shop owner George Khan – 'Genghis' to his kids – is determined to give his six children a strict Muslim upbringing against the unforgiving backdrop of 1970s Salford. Household tensions reach breaking point as their long-suffering English mother, Ella, gets caught in the crossfire – her loyalty divided between her marriage and the free will of her children.

Ayub Khan Din's 'astonishingly assured first play' (Bimingham Post) premiered in 1996, in a co-production between Tamasha Theatre Company, Birmingham Rep and the Royal Court. The film adaptation that followed, with a screenplay by the author, became one of the most successful British films ever made.

This edition contains a revised version of the play first performed at the Trafalgar Studios, London, in October 2014, in a Jamie Lloyd production featuring Ayub Khan Din as George and Jane Horrocks as Ella. This version is also available in the collection Ayub Khan Din Plays: One.

The earlier version of the play is available here.

'What is remarkable about this play is its mixture of dramatic sympathy and delightful comedy'

- Daily Telegraph

'a bona fide classic'

- Guardian

'full of intelligence, irresistible laughter and serious promise'

- Sunday Times

'A hugely entertaining, highly involving, emotionally tender, politically inflamed family drama'

- Time Out

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