On the theatre stage
However, there are also some very sobering moments during conflict scenes with George and Ella and George and his kids.
Despite Ayub Khan Din’s East is East first being performed almost 20 years ago in 1996, the show still works just as well today. I believe every audience member can identify with family squabbles and unfortunately the racism, which sadly is still not a thing of the past.
One thing I loved about the stage version is how intimate it is and how as an audience member you really start to feel like part of the Khan family. The audience was also made to feel uncomfortable during the conflict scenes.
The acting in the show was absolutely top class from each and every cast member, including Pauline McLynn (Father Ted and EastEnders) who plays George’s suffering wife Ella.
While the set was quite simple with minimum scene changes required, it worked really well and helped the audience focus on the actors’ outstanding performances.
The lighting and the occasional music also really complimented the show.
Overall, East is East is a splendid production that will leave you with a smile on your face as well as giving you some food for thought. Catch it in Bucks while you still can!
Parental guidance recommended due to strong language throughout.
For more East is East UK tour dates visit www.atgtickets.com/ East-is-East.
Youngsters get ready to perform at the Elgiva