East Is East

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East Is East

East is East is a play by Ayub Khan-Din, first produced by Tamasha Theatre Company in co-production with the Royal Court and Birmingham Repertory Theatre. It is often cited as one of the key works to bring Asian culture to mainstream British audiences. The play is published by Nick Hern Books.

Ayub Khan-Din
(born 1961 in Salford, Lancashire) is a British Pakistani actor and playwright.

“When I began to write East is East, I was sitting at my kitchen table pouring out my life story bit by bit. The first draft came incredibly quickly: there's writing what you know and there's writing what you've known your whole life”

Given Circumstances

· Who am I?
Ella Khan, 46, Irish-Catholic, housewife, works in family shop

· What time is it? Century? Year? Season? Day? Night? Early? Late? Date?
1970’s

· Where am I?
UK, Salford, family house, fish and chip shop

· Who is here with me?
Family (Husband, 7 children)

· What are my relationships?
Husband (George) – she loves him but doesn’t agree with everything he does
Children – she tries to protect them from George and what’s them to be happy

· What is my super-objective? Feelings?
I consider Ella as the “victim” of the film. It’s easy to understand that she loves her husband, and wants to please him, but when he starts to decide too much about their children, she doesn’t know what to do anymore

· What is the obstacle? Is there more than one?
She finds herself unable to stand up to George until he pushes her too far by abusing their children.

Ella Khan

Ella has a strong belief in freedom, fairness, family … and Salford. Ella is ferociously protective of her kids. She's learnt that society is hostile to them and also that their father is not prepared to allow them the freedom she herself feels they should have. So she spends a lot of her life fighting for them or keeping things from...
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