Story of Bengali Oedipus coming to Space theatre on Isle of Dogs

PUBLISHED: 19:17 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 19:17 17 July 2018

Sonia Sultana and Sohel Ahmed in 'Bengali Oedipus' to be staged at in Isle of Dogs' Space theatre. Picture source: Radha Raman Society

Sonia Sultana and Sohel Ahmed in 'Bengali Oedipus' to be staged at in Isle of Dogs' Space theatre. Picture source: Radha Raman Society

Radha Raman Society

A Bengal opera coming to the Isle of Dogs’ Space theatre tells the story of an 18-day-old baby boy destined to be married to an 18-year-old girl to avoid a fatal curse.

The Story of Bengali Oedipus is a stage musical folk ballad opening this Friday with its myths, fairy-tales, visceral folk music and dance in a theatrical setting.

It aims to transport the audience to a Bengal rural village to lie beneath its traditional storytelling spot, a Banyan tree draped in hundreds of lanterns.

This ancient form of Bengali rural opera, known as ‘Pala Gaan’, is inspired by the Greek story of Oedipus, exploring the conflict between free-will and fatalism, combining traditional Western storytelling with the melodies of Bengali folk music.

The production features dancer Sonia Sultana, actor Sohel Ahmed, model Airin Arzoo and poets Mashuk Ibne Anis, Sarwar Alam and Shamim Shahan.

The show at the Space at 269 Westferry Road, Millwall, runs Friday to Sunday at 7pm, directed and scripted by Ahmed Kaysher.

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