Life-affirming, awe-inspiring work that aims to uphold the basic human rights of equality and freedom of expression
THEWHATWORKS is a new international theatre company working in India, Bangladesh and the UK. We work with and for people who do not always have easy access to the arts and specialise in multi-lingual theatre. Our current focus is working with the Bangladeshi community of London’s East End with the aim of showcasing an incredibly rich language and culture that remains largely invisible to the rest of the local population.
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.
Having produced Dhaka Theatre’s The Tempest in Bangla at the acclaimed Globe to Globe Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2012 we are currently continuing development of Dreamtime and A Story and A Song, and have recently exhibited Dui Desher Golpo, a new film project with Jagonari Women’s Resource Centre documenting the immigration stories of 50 Bangladeshi women living in East London.