As ‘Strictly’ returns on TV, Strictly Balti opens at Bath’s egg theatre!

On Thursday 2nd October,effervescent Bristol-based actor, writer and storyteller Saikat Ahamed makes a welcome return to the egg theatre to present his brand new solo show, STRICTLY BALTI.  Recommended for audiences aged 10 years and over, this thoroughly entertaining performance combines storytelling, music, dance and a healthy amount of humour.

Charismatically tackling the tricky trials and tribulations of growing up, Saikat takes a comical and heartfelt look at what young people go through as they establish their own identity, and battle to overcome the universal embarrassment caused by well-meaning parents and our own youthful mistakes.

Saikat Ahamed’s family moved from Bangladesh in 1972 to the UK, where he was born and has lived since.  Ballroom dancing was not the only humiliation heaped on him by his ambitious mother and father as he grew up. There was catechism and Latin too, and no-one gets his name right, ever.

In his funny and moving, semi-autobiographical show, Saikat also touches on his own experiences of being a second generation immigrant in the UK, and explores what it means to be British.  Meet werewolves in the playground, nuns in the corridors and tangerines in the dancehall as Saikat dances precariously through his dual-identity childhood, torn between the familiar sights of Birmingham and the mysteries of Bangladesh.

Written and performed by Saikat Ahamed, Strictly Balti was commissioned by Travelling Light Theatre Company.  Visiting Bath egg’s theatre on its first tour, the show is directed by Sally Cookson, with design by Katie Sykes and musical direction by Pete Judge.

Saikat Ahamed has been an actor for over ten years. Most recently he toured the USA and South East Asia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Tom Morris for Bristol Old Vic. Before that, he played Tinker Bell in Peter Pan and Ben Gunn in Treasure Island, both productions directed by Sally Cookson for Bristol Old Vic.  His theatre credits also include Cinderella and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, both for the Tobacco Factory, and Romeo and Juliet at the Settle Festival Theatre.  His work on screen includes the hugely successful British comedy film East is East; as well as Being Human for BBC, Trollied for Sky TV, and The Choir for Sky Atlantic.

Saikat last performed at the egg theatre in July in his self-penned show The Tiger and The Moustache which played Bath as part of a successful UK tour.

Tickets for Strictly Balti are available from the egg on 01225 823 409, the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or online via www.theatreroyalorg.uk

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