Strictly Balti travelling to Ingol Library

Professional family theatre will be coming to Ingol Library next week, as part of our new Spot On Libraries scheme.

“Strictly Balti” from Travelling Light Theatre Company will travel to Ingol Library on Thursday 22 October at 5.30pm. Tickets for the family friendly show can be booked directly from the library either in person or by calling 0300 123 6703.

The show has been programmed as part of our new scheme taking professional arts to Lancashire County Council Libraries across the region. Spot On Libraries has programmed work in 11 libraries across the county this autumn and will look to extend that over the next three years.

“Strictly Balti” is a fun family theatre show, suitable for ages 11 and above, that is for anyone who has ever had to grow up. It’s a show about being a second generation immigrant in the UK but feeling like an Englishman abroad.

We thought dance class was good, we thought dance class was English. We were wrong. Now we see you are fully English, because you argue with your parents. In Bangladesh this wouldn’t happen. Well you’ve done what we never could. You’ve left Bangladesh behind.”

Ballroom dancing is not the only humiliation heaped on Saikat by his ambitious parents. There’s catechism and Latin too. And no-one gets his name right, ever.

Join Saikat as he dances precariously through his dual-identity childhood, torn between the familiar sights of Birmingham and the mysteries of Bangladesh. Meet werewolves in the playground, nuns in the corridors and tangerines in the dancehall…The play takes a humorous look at what it means to be British from someone who had to learn the hard way.

Speaking ahead of the shows, Spot On’s Sue Robinson said:

“This is a fun and thought-provoking piece of family theatre that everyone will be able to relate to in one way or another. We’re looking to bring new audiences to libraries and we believe shows such as Strictly Balti are a great way to do that. So go and grab your tickets from the libraries before they sell out!”

“Strictly Balti” has been subsidised by Big Imaginations, a region-wide network of venues and promoters dedicated to bringing brilliant children’s theatre to the North West.