THEWHATWORKS is a new international theatre company working in India, Bangladesh and the UK. We aim to make our performances available to audiences who do not always have easy access to the arts and specialise in multi-lingual and young people’s 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, Portuguese and French. We have toured India, Bangladesh and the UK with Shakespeare, folk tales and original self-made stories.
Our undoubted highlight of 2012 was producing Dhaka Theatre’s The Tempest in Bangla at the acclaimed Globe to Globe Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe, which has since toured extensively throughout India and Bangladesh. In 2013 we are continuing development of Dreamtime and A Story and A Song, as well as implementing Dui Desher Golpo, a new film project with Jagonari Women’s Resource Centre to document the immigration stories of 50 Bangladeshi women living in East London to be exhibited at Rich Mix in June this year.