Posts tagged theatre

“The Buddha of Suburbia” by Hanif Kureishi

I grew up in Beckenham, the exact part of London suburbia in which this novel is set. To my knowledge it’s the only time a novel has ever been set in Beckenham – in fact, it’s probably the only time a novel has even mentioned Beckenham in passing. So I very much enjoyed the opening chapters of the book, narrated by the teenaged Karim and telling of his father who becomes the ‘Buddha of Suburbia’. I loved the way that the father is presumed to know the secrets of ‘Eastern’… Read More

Death and the King’s Horseman

Went to see this play by Nobel-prize-winning Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka at the National Theatre, and it was fantastic. I don’t go to the theatre very often, but if I could see more plays like this I’d go all the time. It’s a story set in Nigeria in 1943, about the clash between traditional Nigerian customs and the disastrous attempts of the British colonial forces to ‘stamp out’ practices that they didn’t understand. It’s also a very moving story about the king’s horseman who, by tradition, must kill himself to… Read More