Imran Ali (Sajit),  East is East  , 1996

Imran Ali (Sajit), East is East, 1996

East is East (1996)

by Ayub Khan Din

Set in Salford in 1970, this hysterical but often moving play of mixed-race manners tells the story of the Khan children and their battle between the traditional values of their Pakistani father and their own desire to be citizens of modern Britain.

East is East marked a defining moment in Tamasha’s history.  The play received critical acclaim, and is often cited as playing a key role in bringing Asian culture into the British mainstream. 

In co-production with The Royal Court and Birmingham Rep


Director  Kristine Landon-Smith 
Designer  Sue Mayes 
Lighting Designer  Paul Taylor
Dialect Coach  Jill McCullough
Fight Director  Malcolm Ransom 
Original Cast  Imran Ali, Linda Bassett, Paul Bazely, Chris Bisson, Kriss Dosanjh, Emil Marwa, Jimi Mistry, Lesley Nicol, Zita Sattar, Nadim Sawalha

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Nadim Sawalha as George Khan,  East is East, 1996

Nadim Sawalha as George Khan,  East is East, 1996


“Hugely entertaining, highly involving, emotionally tender…
a remarkable play” 
Time Out

“First plays don’t come much better than this. Kristine Landon-Smith directs with an impeccable sense of social comedy, full of embarrassment, hilarity and pain.” 
Sunday Times

East is East original poster, 1996