Travelling Light present STRICTLY BALTI by Saikat Ahamed

Commissioned by Travelling Light Theatre Company, Strictly Balti is a one man show aimed at audiences of 10+. It deals with growing up as a second generation immigrant in the UK, issues of identity, how we view ourselves and also how others view us.

The story is set in the leafy suburbs of 1980’s Birmingham, but behind the doors of Saikat’s mock-Tudor home is a whole world of vibrant colours, exotic scents and eastern politics. STRICTLY BALTI tells the tale of one boy’s mission to find his place in the world between two conflicting cultures.

Join Saikat as he dances precariously through his dual-identity childhood, torn between the familiar sights of Birmingham and the mysteries of Bangladesh. Meet werewolves in the playground, nuns in the corridors and tangerines in the dancehall… The play takes a humorous look at what it means to be British from someone who had to learn the hard way. This is a show for anyone who ever had to grow up, a show about being a second generation immigrant in the UK but feeling like an Englishman abroad.

Travelling Light bring their trademark style of magical and visual storytelling, to present a beautifully-rendered coming of age story exploring the challenges of growing up different.

Talking about directing the work Sally Cookson said: “Strictly Balti may be an autobiographical piece, but it is also a universal story that encourages us all to ask the question - what makes us who we are? Minimal set and costume enable Saikat to connect and engage directly with his audience to explore the truth about who he thinks he is.”

Directed by Sally Cookson (JANE EYRE, National Theatre, CINDERELLA: A FAIRYTALE, nominated for an Olivier, winner of an Off West End Award)

Written and performed by Saikat Ahamed (EAST IS EAST, MONDAY MONDAY, A FINE BALANCE)

Dining Room, The Gilded Balloon 13.45 (14.45) 7-31 August (except 12)

Tickets: £6 Preview 7 August £10 (£9) Mon-Thurs £11 (£10) Fri-Sun

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The Edinburgh run of Strictly Balti is followed by a national tour including London dates:

25 Sep: Letchworth Arts Centre

13 Oct: South Street Arts Centre, Reading

15 Oct: Arts Depot, London

21 Oct: Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

23 Oct: The Edge, Manchester

4 Nov: Old Fire Station, Carlisle

5 - 6 Nov: Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth

12 - 14 Nov: Curve, Leicester

15 Nov: Brewery Theatre, Bristol

22 Nov: Brewery Theatre, Bristol

26 - 28 Nov: The Door, Birmingham Rep

5 Dec: Rich Mix, London

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