Afreena Islam

Daughters of the
Curry Revolution

Presented by Word of Warning, STUN + Black Gold Arts Festival during Divergency: Tabletop Trio

In Brief

“When I was little, I used to hang out at my dad’s restaurant most weekends, back when they used to stay open until 5am. After a hard day’s toil running around pretending to be him, I would fall asleep to the CCTV, my body on the chest freezer and my head resting on a pile of tablecloths.”

In Daughters of the Curry Revolution, Afreena attempts to navigate her dad’s journey to help her figure out her own…

Venue + Booking Details for Divergency: Tabletop Trio

Date: Thursday 6 October 2016, 6pm
Venue: Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA
Tickets: £6/3 (very limited capacity)
Venue (Z-arts) Tel: 0161 232 6089

Access Information

Age advisory: 14+ (parental/guardian discretion).
Spoken word based, with food and drink offered during the performance. For specific age and access information please email or call 0161 232 6086.


“My dad is an illiterate Muslim immigrant called Michael. He left home when he was 8, and came to England when he was 22. He worked for about 65 years, retired, and then had a brain haemorrhage. He’s 84 now.”

“I am a first generation Mancunian Bangladeshi called Afreena. I tried to leave home a few times, but the smell of my mum’s curry always led me back. I’m the last child (as far as I know!) born to my dad. I’m 25 now.”

In an intimate performance, Afreena invites you to take a seat around her dinner table as she serves up stories from her father’s past, present, and what little she imagines is left of his future. Exploring what it means to be her dad’s daughter in the context of the anti-immigration rhetoric she is surrounded by, Afreena follows her dad’s journey to this country, and his journey to this day.

“I’ve never told my dad that I love him and it would be contrived if I ever did. We’re not a very lovey-dovey family. But I guess this performance is something of a love letter, maybe?”

Who is she?

Afreena calls herself an artist only when she’s got something to say. The rest of the time she produces stuff, researches stuff, performs in stuff, sits on boards and eats posh sandwiches.

Daughters… is her first solo work, which has been developed through Divergency and Works Ahead.

What people have said about Daughters…

…such an engaging performer / host, and a striking story to tell.
Brian Logan, Director, Camden People’s Theatre
I was deeply moved by Daughters of the Curry Revolution, an important work that takes courage to make and share.
Ria Hartley, Artist


Peader Kirk — Works Ahead Mentor
A Works Ahead 2016 hÅb + Contact commission.
Developed as a Divergency micro-commission with support from hÅb + STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North).

Websites | @afreenaazaria | #Divergency | Black Gold Arts Festival


Thu 6 Oct, 6-10pm | Z-arts (incl. STUN Studio)
Installation: 6-8.30pm. FREE
Tabletop Trio: 6pm. (£6/3 sold-out)
Double Bill: 8.30pm. (£6/3 sold-out)