BORDERS IN A BEDROOM – Tristan Bates Theatre

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Tristan Bates Theatre, London – until 12 August 2017

A couple of nights ago, I was at the Tristan Bates Theatre, watching Borders in a Bedroom, a new two-hander by Shivali Bhammer, about a British Hindu woman (Bhammer) and an American Muslim man (Shez Sardar).

They’ve been together for two years and live in a cramped New York apartment. We meet them as she celebrates her birthday, and the couple discuss their different ideas about love and prejudice. The writing is bright, perceptive and intelligently tackles issues about racial and religious disparities: at one point, she gets so angry that she even suggests that, because he’s of Muslim heritage, their kids will grow up as terrorists.

But before they do, they have to decide to have them: he’s keen to start a family while she isn’t so sure. “Am I just an egg-producing machine?” she demands in one the most passionate speeches of the evening. And one which was greeted with applause from an audience which was young, female and mainly Asian.

Directed by Celine Rosenthal, this is a short and slender work, but the playwright shows great promise.

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Aleks Sierz FRSA is a theatre critic, and author of the seminal study of new 1990s playwrights, In-Yer-Face Theatre. His other books include Rewriting the Nation, The Theatre of Martin Crimp, John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights and Modern British Playwriting. His latest book (co-authored with Lia Ghilardi) is The Time Traveller’s Guide to British Theatre. He also works as a journalist, broadcaster, and lecturer. Aleks blogs independently at www.sierz.co.uk and tweets at @alekssierz.
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Aleks Sierz FRSA is a theatre critic, and author of the seminal study of new 1990s playwrights, In-Yer-Face Theatre. His other books include Rewriting the Nation, The Theatre of Martin Crimp, John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights and Modern British Playwriting. His latest book (co-authored with Lia Ghilardi) is The Time Traveller’s Guide to British Theatre. He also works as a journalist, broadcaster, and lecturer. Aleks blogs independently at www.sierz.co.uk and tweets at @alekssierz.

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