George and Abdul – Photograph

Series nameProduction: East is East

This is a landscape, black and white photograph depicting a scene from ‘East is East’, which was written by Ayub Khan-Din and produced by Tamasha Theatre Company in 1997. The image portrays Nadim Sawahla, playing George Khan, the father of the family, who can be seen comforting his son Abdul, played by Paul Bazely.

Date of Creation / Publication1996 - 1997
CreatorDay, Robert
Associated Person/ OrganisationBuchar, Sudha; Bazely, Paul
Collection and Reference NumberTamasha Theatre Company (GB 2661 TT)
Catalogue NumberTT/PRO/EE/6
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable
Access to originalsThe originals are located at Tamasha Theatre Company
Series notesIn January 1997, actor Ayub Khan-Din developed the script for 'East is East' at a two-week writers workshop held by Tamasha Theatre Company in collaboration with writers from The Royal Court Theatre. This workshop was the first of its kind offered by Tamasha to provide training to British Asian theatre professionals for a particular discipline. The workshop was funded by the then London Arts Board and the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. Khan-Din's 'East is East' tells the story of George Khan, a 1950s Pakistani immigrant to Britain who is married to Ella, an English woman. The play portrays the challenges of a family with mixed race origin within the Asian community, and six teenagers growing up in a predominantly working class British community in 1970s Salford.
Collection notesThe Tamasha Theatre collection consists of digitised material which relate to their productions and include items such as flyers, programmes, scripts, photographs, and stage and costume drawings.