East is East
Paperback, 91 pages ISBN: 9781854593139Publication Date:
10 Apr 1997
Size: 199mm x 130mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook, 91 pages ISBN: 9781780011110Publication Date:
22 Nov 2012
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
First Staged:
Birmingham Rep & Royal Court, London, 1996

East is East

By Ayub Khan Din

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  • Winner of the John Whiting Award - 1996

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

The six Khan children, entangled in arranged marriages and bell-bottoms, are trying to find their way growing up in 1970s Salford. They are all caught between their Pakistani father's insistence on Asian traditions, their English mother's laissez-faire attitude, and their own wish to become citizens of the modern world.

Ayub Khan Din's play East is East was first performed at Birmingham Repertory Studio Theatre in October 1996 in a co-production by Tamasha Theatre Company, the Royal Court Theatre Company and Birmingham Repertory Company, before transferring to the Royal Court, London. It was later adapted into a feature film, with a screenplay by the author, that became one of the most successful British films ever made.

East is East won the John Whiting Award in 1996 and was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 1998.

The play is also available in the volume Ayub Khan Din Plays: One.

Press Quotes

'A bona fide classic'


'First plays don't come much better than this... full of intelligence, irresistible laughter and serious promise'

Sunday Times

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

Time Out

'An explosion of a show that feels surprisingly, joyously, fresh, a quarter of a century on'

Guardian (2021)

'Khan Din's play is bitterly and wickedly funny... Its explorations of identity, race, relationships, power, gender dynamics and familial aspiration ensure it still has as much to say to audiences of 2021 as it did 25 years ago'

Whatsonstage (2021)
Paperback,91 pages ISBN: 9781854593139Publication Date:
10 Apr 1997
Size: 199mm x 130mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook,91 pages ISBN: 9781780011110Publication Date:
22 Nov 2012
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)

Also by Ayub Khan Din:

To Sir, With Love
Ayub Khan Din Plays: One
Notes on Falling Leaves
All the Way Home
Rafta, Rafta...
Last Dance at Dum Dum

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