Nowhere to Belong: Tales of an Extravagant Stranger

Nowhere to Belong: Tales of an Extravagant Stranger

by Yasmin Alibhai Brown
     
 

Nowhere to Belong was originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Gavin Marshall. In part, this show dramatizes the lot of the unwanted exile and uses words of the bard to illuminate the condition millions find themselves in away from their home countries.Provocative and powerful, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a searing cultural presence

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Nowhere to Belong was originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Gavin Marshall. In part, this show dramatizes the lot of the unwanted exile and uses words of the bard to illuminate the condition millions find themselves in away from their home countries.Provocative and powerful, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a searing cultural presence and Nowhere to Belong captures with warmth and grit how theatre and Shakespeare helped change her life. Shakespeare is the lodestone of this piece, which takes us back to Alibhai-Brown's childhood in the Asian community in Kampala, Uganda during the parlous era of Idi Amin. She also feelingly evokes the invidious position (neither white nor black, and therefore suffering the contempt and distrust of both) of the Asians in Uganda (a position that eventually resulted in their expulsion).An emotional show depicting the plight of the exile community anywhere in the world.Enlightening, funny and moving-beautifully performed—Colin FirthFor more information, visit:http://www.alibhai-brown.com

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Children's Literature - Heidi Quist
An Asian Muslim woman who grew up in 1960s Uganda, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown weaves stories of her family life as a young girl with her developing interest in acting and particularly in all things Shakespeare. She crafts her tales with a gifted balance between humor and poignancy of the difficulties with her drunken father and weak but loving mother, as well as the struggles she faced in a community that didn't want her because she was not Black. Her talents with words, with voice inflections and tone could easily make a Shakespearean fan out of many. Additionally, listeners will benefit from the power of her convictions and clear-mindedness regarding these situations, as she recognizes both her love for her father in spite of his failings, her gratitude for a risk-taking teacher, as well as her contempt for her father's behavior and the behavior of the leaders and others in power. There is some profanity at the end, including the F-word a few times, that some listeners might object to. But there is also much of interest to a culture and time in history with which young and old Americans alike are unfamiliar. Reviewer: Heidi Quist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781873413784
Publisher:
Merit Publishing International, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Series:
Questions and Answers Ser.
Pages:
124
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 4.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Yasmin is an Uganda-born journalist and author, based in London. She has written for The Guardian, Observer, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Evening Standard, The Mail and other newspapers and is now a regular columnist on The Independent and London's Evening Standard. She is also a radio and television broadcaster and author of several books.

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