My Grandad & I...
Available from Spring 2018
For Schools – A TIE piece for Key Stages 2 & 3
For Venues – a family show suitable for ages 7 onwards
“Many, many, years ago, when the Sikhs first came to our country, they had to cut off their hair to get a job... I didn’t know that! One of them was my grandad, who had got himself a job driving buses, but when he turned up on his first day, he was asked to take his turban off and cut his hair...Poor Grandad. He of course refused. So his employers wouldn’t let him work.. My Grandad had no choice but to take the bus company to court, and won his right to wear one by forcing British law to change.
My Grandad and I... is a moving and touching story told through the eyes of a eleven year old Sikh boy called Tarsem, who has a passion to play football, but gets teased and initimidated for wearing the patka (children’s turban).
While practicing football on his own outside school, Tarsem befriends Tahila, a burqa wearing Somalian girl from his class. She provokes him to chart the experience of his Grandad and inspires to face up to his own ‘fight’ against the teasing/bullying.
What’s My Grandad and I.. about?
My Grandad and I... is about the experience of the first generation different faith based ethnic migrant communities to the UK, who faced difficult attitudes from the British public, despite being brought over by their government from the commonwealth countries’ to fill the labour shortages in factories, mills and other manual jobs. The Sikhs, particularly with their unshorn hair and wearing of turbans, confronted the most hostile attitudes as they found themselves having to cut their hair in order to mix into the work situations. It was only after the defiant and exhaustive stand by a few individuals who took their fight to the House of Lords, that attitudes changed.
The historical context is juxtaposed with modern and current attitudes to faith based symbolism..
My Grandad and I... explore key curriculum subjects including PHSE/History and Drama