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THE TIGER AND THE MOUSTACHE

SAIKAT AHAMED

Tue 12 – Sat 16 February 8.15pm

 

This is a brand new piece, written by and starring local actor and writer Saikat Ahamed, as he explores the fascinating story of his family and the emerging nation of Bangladesh; telling a unique and captivating tale through storytelling, theatre, live music, dance and a healthy amount of humour.

 

The writer and performer

Saikat Ahamed is well known to Bristol audiences. His previous roles at the Tobacco Factory Theatre include as the Step Brother in Cinderella: A Fairytale and Ali in Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves. At Bristol Old Vic, he’s been seen as Tinkerbell in Peter Pan and Ben Gunn in Treasure Island.

 

“…Saikat Ahamed is extraordinary as Ben Gunn – close to lunatic…” The Observer on Treasure Island at Bristol Old Vic

 

The Tiger and The Moustache was originally given a scratch performance at Ferment, Bristol Old Vic as Bangladesh, where an audience member said:

“…the balance of comedy and tragedy worked really well. The performance was captivating.”

 

The play

‘We all have a journey to make, stupid girl, even you.’

 

Where do we come from and what makes us who we are?

Is our destiny written in the stars or stamped in a passport?

 

Born on the very first day of a new nation, Hashi, the girl who always smiles, grew up surrounded by flying tigers in the Sunderban jungles. In The Tiger and The Moustache, Saikat Ahamed traces the journey of Hashi, his mother, and the emerging nation of Bangladesh. Travel with him, as he slides in and out of time from the agonies of Partition in 1947 right up to the present day, as we board fishing boats up the Megna River and rickshaws along the dusty roads of Dacca.

 

From East London to East Bengal, taking in Birmingham, Germany and Glasgow, the story of Bangladesh is woven together through storytelling, theatre, live music, dance and a healthy amount of humour.

 

Developed with support from Bristol Ferment at Bristol Old Vic

 

Tickets Full £10 / Concession £7 / Opening night £5

Running Time 1hr 15mins

The Brewery Theatre, 231 North Street, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1JP

Box Office 0117 902 0344 / www.tobaccofactorytheatre.com