Life-affirming, awe-inspiring work that aims to uphold the basic human rights of equality and freedom of expression
THEWHATWORKS is an international theatre company working in India, Bangladesh and the UK. We make work with, about and for women and girls, and specialise in multi-lingual theatre. Our current focus is working with the women of the Bangladeshi community of London’s East End with the aim of showcasing an incredibly rich language and giving voice to a group that is otherwise often seen but not heard.
Directed by Imogen Butler-Cole, multi-linguist and graduate in Lecoq-based physical theatre, we have created shows in English, Bangla, Hindi, Urdu and Portuguese. We have toured India, Bangladesh and the UK with Shakespeare, folk tales and original self-made stories.
We are currently continuing development of A Story and A Song with Mulberry School for Girls, and are creating a testimonial theatre piece based on the films made for Dui Desher Golpo which document the immigration stories of 50 Bangladeshi women living in East London. Also in development is Cassandra, a project exploring sexual violence against women, to be scratched at Rich Mix this July.