Ayub Khan Din Plays: One
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 304 pages ISBN: 9781848424241Publication Date:
2 Oct 2014
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EPUB, 304 pages ISBN: 9781780015132Publication Date:
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Ayub Khan Din Plays: One

By Ayub Khan Din

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This collection of plays written and introduced by actor-turned-writer Ayub Khan Din charts the development of a writer able to turn the tumultuous experience of life in modern Britain into satisfying, humane and often richly comic drama.

Whether drawing on his own childhood, growing up in an Anglo-Pakistani family in Salford, or on E.R. Braithwaite's account of racial tensions in the East End in To Sir, With Love, he depicts the struggles of individuals to come to terms with their conflicting cultural legacies – and he does so with unerring warmth and compassion.

East is East (1996) is an irresistible comedy set in multiracial Salford in 1970, where the Khan children are buffeted this way and that by their Pakistani father’s insistence on tradition, their English mother’s laissez-faire and their own wish to be citizens of the modern world. The film adaptation that followed, with a screenplay by the author, became one of the most successful British films ever made. The version included here is the revised text first performed at the Trafalgar Studios in 2014.

The short, elegiac play, Notes on Falling Leaves (2004), is an emotionally tender depiction of a young man as he loses his mother to dementia, 'overwhelming in its emotional impact' (Telegraph).

In All the Way Home (2011), a quarrelsome group of siblings gathers at the family home under the shadow of impending loss. Amidst the cut and thrust of spiky Salford banter, long-harboured resentments rise to the surface and family bonds unravel and unwind.

To Sir, With Love (2013), based on E.R. Braithwaite's autobiographical novel, is the uplifting story of a talented, idealistic young teacher discovering the reality of life as a black man in Britain after the Second World War as he struggles to find a way to connect with his students at a tough but progressive East End school.

Blog Entry: Ayub Khan Din on what inspired the plays in this collection... 'The only real storylines [about Asians] that interested the programme-makers always centred on arranged marriages, where the girl was being forced into a relationship not of her choosing. Though this was an important issue, and still is today, in my case it was my brothers who were the victims and the perpetrator was my father...' Read more >>

Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 304 pages ISBN: 9781848424241Publication Date:
2 Oct 2014
Size: 198mm x 129mm£14.99 £7.50You save £7.49 (50%)
EPUB, 304 pages ISBN: 9781780015132Publication Date:
27 Oct 2014
£14.99 £11.99You save £3.00 (20%)

Also by Ayub Khan Din:

Notes on Falling Leaves
East is East
All the Way Home
Last Dance at Dum Dum
To Sir, With Love (stage version)
Rafta, Rafta...

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