Bilquis Bibi - last chance in London!

There's just one more week to see Tamasha's 21st birthday production The House of Bilquis Bibi at Hampstead Theatre before the show heads out on tour.

Here's what the press have said about the show:

"Delicately written and compellingly acted… Ila Arun makes a commanding matron whose threatening stare, tautly drawn lip, and downcast gaze send chills down my spine”
| Read the full review>

“Class, complicated matters of the heart and the role of women take centre stage… for powerful, thought-provoking drama, Tamasha clearly triumphs every time”
Official London Theatre | Read the full review>

"This intricate play about honour, propriety and fear finds a perfect home in the house of Pakistani matriarch Bilquis Bibi. The life in a small town in Pakistan is beautifully etched in the play"
Asian Age | Read the full review>

“Pakistan is a complex country... for anyone with an interest in this part of the world, it is surely required viewing”
Camden New Journal | Read the full review>

But the show has not been to everyone's tastes - and has generated debate around its use of heavy accents and multiple languages - Urdu and Punjabi, in this case.

To find out if everyone found it as impenetrable as the national critics, we invited the interesting people from Winkball to talk to audience members after the show last Thursday. This what they said:

You can listen to a discussion about the polarised response to the show with writer Sudha Bhuchar and director Kristine Landon-Smith on Theatrevoice, and listen again to an item on Woman's Hour.

Have you seen the play? Let us hear your thoughts on Twitter - make sure you include the hashtag #Bilqbb. And if you haven't already, you can also join us on Facebook.

Finally, The Guardian website is marking Tamasha's birthday with an online gallery of the company's 21 years in pictures. Click here to view the gallery >

The House of Bilquis Bibi is a co-production with Harrogate Theatre.


Elsewhere in London

The Oikos Project 
26 Aug - 9 Oct 2010
at The Jellyfish Theatre, London SE1

On a Southwark playground, only streets away from Tamasha HQ, building is in progress to create The Jellyfish Theatre - London’s first fully-functioning theatre made entirely from recycled and reclaimed materials.

With climate change already impacting on our lives, The Red Room, the company behind the project, has commissioned leading playwrights, Kay Adshead and Simon Wu, to examine ways our society may adapt for survival in two urgent and inspiring plays written specially to be performed in this unique venue from the end of August. Click here more details >


Main image: Youkti Patel (Aroosa), Shalini Peiris (Amana) and Vineeta Rishi (Fida) in The House of Bilquis Bibi. Photo Robert Day.

The House of Bilquis Bibi

Until Sat 14 Aug

Hampstead Theatre

£15 - £25
£10 for under 26s
020 7722 9301

Book online >

Wed 8 Sep -
Sat 11 Sep

Belgrade Theatre

£6.50 - £17
024 7655 3055

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Tue 14 Sep -
Sat 18 Sep

Harrogate Theatre

£11 - £15
01423 502 116

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Tue 28 Sep -
Sat 2 Oct

Coliseum Theatre

£5 - £18.50
0161 624 2829

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Tamasha gratefully acknowledges financial support from
Unity Theatre Trust and Friends and Patrons of Tamasha.

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