Tamasha. The House of Bilquis-Bibi

Tamasha, have produced a wonderful new show,  The House of Bilquis-Bibi, set in the Punjabi town of Jhang. It is an adaptation of Lorca’s The House of Bernada Alba, written by Sudha Bhuchar and directed by Kristine Landon-Smith. While I watched I was immediately transported to a country of arid heat and dust with clever use of the stage set (by designer Sue Mayes) and lighting, creating dappled shadows across the stage.The text flows seamlessly between English and Punjabi, but the meaning is never confused or lost, rather the emotions are heightened. An overprotective mother stifling her five daughters with love, who long for freedom from the simmering oppression.The show opened in July in London’s Hampstead Theatre is now on tour.Tamasha

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