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Rita, Sue, and Bob Too – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer : Andrea Dunbar Director: Kate Wasserberg Reviewer: Torran McEwan ‘I don’t mess about with kids’ Bob insists to his wife, ‘how could I do a thing like that?’ Someone in the audience titters. This moment is disturbing. It illustrates Bob’s awareness that his grooming of two underage girls is wrong, but that he is unwilling to stop. Somehow in ...

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Rita, Sue and Bob Too – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

one man two young women in makeshift car in 80s clothes

Writer:  Andrea Dunbar Director: Kate Wasserberg Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s the early 1980s and Rita, Sue and Bob have a secret: after babysitting Bob’s children, Bob gives schoolgirls Rita and Sue a lift home but rather than go straight home they divert to a local beauty spot and each girl, in turn, ‘has a jump’ with Bob. Bob tells the ...

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East Is East – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Ayub Khan-Din Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Fergus Morgan How can one marry two disparate cultures, quite literally, into one happy family? How can the patriarchal structure of strict Islam be comfortably aligned with the liberalism of post-60s Britain? These are the questions that Ayub Khan-Din places at the heart of East Is East, his comic depiction of Salford’s Khan ...

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East Is East – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Kris Hallett East is Eastis now most fondly remembered as a raucous, hilarious 1999 BAFTA award-winning film with terrific central performances from Linda Bassett and Om Puri, which sugar-coated the darkness and violence underneath for smatterings of visual and verbal humour. Sam Yates’ production, now coming to the end of a tour ...

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East is East – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Music: Alex Baranowski Director: Sam Yates Reviewer:Lauren Humphreys Ayub Khan Din's strongly autobiographical play East is East (subsequently turned into a 1999 movie) about a mixed race family growing up in 1970s Salford, arrives in Glasgow this week. Over-bearing patriarch George (Genghis) Khan is a man desperately trying to keep alive his cultural traditions, but only ...

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East is East – Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Music: Alex Baranowski Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Janet Jepson “Being Pakistani is more than just a religion” declares Maneer in a heartfelt rant against his all-controlling father, ‘George’ Khan. Maneer is satisfied with his religion, but wants more freedom to make his own decisions in life. The rest of the Khan brood, his five brothers and ...

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East is East – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Ayub Khan Din’s autobiographical play East is East is heading for its 20th anniversary next year with this touring production of the Trafalgar Studios’ recent revival. For most of the audience, it may be their first experience with the story in play form, with many having maybe seen the exemplary ...

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East Is East – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Luke Walker I wonder if, when Ayub Khan Din was writing the very first musings of what would be his hit play East Is East as a twenty one year old drama student, he thought he would ever be playing the domineering patriarch of the family over thirty years later. Transferring from ...

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