Our long awaited new show opens this morning at EBN Referral Unit in Birmingham after weeks of rehearsal at Nishkam Centre, The Edge and Naseby Youth Centre. We thank them all for their space.
The show goes on long tour across schools and community centres across in Midlands and London regions.
My Grandad & I ..... is a devised theatre in education exploring identity, faith symbolism and issues of ethnicity. The story illustrates the historical discrimination against the ‘dastaar’ (turban) as worn by Sikhs when they first migrated to the UK during the 1950’s and 60’s, and the various protests that prompted a campaign to change the law. Discriminating against the wearing of the turban was not liable to legal prosecution before 1983, despite the Race Relation Act of 1976.
The character of Grandad encapsulates various historical figures who were at the forefront of campaigns for the acceptance of the dastaar, such as Sohan Singh Jolly, Tarsem Singh Sandhu, Sewa Singh Mandla and many many more.
Devised in association with pupils from. Cranford Community College, Queensbridge School, Starbank and Small Heath.
Directed by Ajay Dattani
Produced by Fateha Begum
Design by Ajay Dattani & Suneeda Maruthiyil
Cast: Amirul Hussain, Roni Syed, Ahmed Ali
Thanks to Purdy Bhogal, Oakland Young People’s Centre, Surinder Kaur Sandal ((Naseby Youth Centre), Nishkam Centre.
Funded by Arts Council of England, SWRT