Sculpture – Drawing

Series nameProduction: East is East

This is a free hand drawing of a sculpture used in ‘East is East’. The sculpture was created by Saleem, one of the sons of the family, played by Chris Bisson, for his Art course. Saleem’s father thinks he is studying Engineering at university so Saleem has to hide his work from his father. ‘East is East’ was produced by Tamasha Theatre Company in 1996 – 1997 and was made into a successful film in 1999.

Date of Creation / Publication1996 - 1997
Associated Person/ OrganisationBuchar, Sudha; Bisson, Chris
Collection and Reference NumberTamasha Theatre Company (GB 2661 TT)
Catalogue NumberTT/PRO/EE/7
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.