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UK Theatre Company, Black Country Touring celebrates Asian Elder’s memories in Tongue Tied & Twisted, a new show touring in May 2016.

Black Country Touring and Peter Chand in partnership with Creative Black Country present

Tongue Tied & Twisted
Indian tales with a contemporary twist

Directed by Steve Johnstone
Produced by Dawinder Bansal

Touring: Thursday 26th May – Saturday 4th June
Press Night: 
Thursday 26th May, 7.15pm at Oak House Museum, Oak Road, West Bromwich, B70 8HJ.

UK Theatre Company, Black Country Touring celebrates Asian Elder’s memories in Tongue Tied & Twisted, a new show touring in May 2016.

Tied & Twisted is a new storytelling show with a theatrical twist. Blasting Indian storytelling into the 21st century by combining the talents of UK music producer PKCtheFirst live on stage with international performer and storyteller Peter Chand.

How many of the sisters will the wild jackals spare…what becomes of the foolish man who thought he was dead…..and what is the haunting message that a dove sings across time and space…

Over the past few months, Black Country Touring and Peter Chand have been collecting traditional Indian folk tales from fifty South Asian elders, living here in the Black Country. These stories, some of them unheard for over 50 years, have finally been documented to preserve them for future generations, thanks to a grant of £28,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. BCT is an organisation that works with local communities to bring a programme of professional arts activity to the Black Country and to create new projects developed from the stories of diverse communities that live and work in the area.

A selection of these stories have inspired the creation of Tongue Tied & Twisted show. This show celebrates the art of live storytelling fusing a unique blend of Urban Hip Hop and Classical South Asian sounds. This is a fresh UK twist on traditional tales interpreted from their original langue into English, for all cultures to enjoy – young and old.

The show premieres in the Black Country (dates in notes) and also presented at London South Bank Centre’s annual South Asian festival Alchemy this May leading to a national tour.

The tradition of passing folk tales down through the generations is dying out and we knew it was important to capture this wisdom before it was too late. As the elders recalled the stories they were told as children their eyes twinkled, knowing their voices will live on for decades to come in an online archive”.

Dawinder Bansal, producer of the show.

This activity has demonstrated the potential for further work like this with older groups in the UK.

Storytelling is an immediate and exciting way to engage instantly with audiences. What I love about Tongue Tied & Twisted is that it is steeped in the past, but very much grounded in the present…

Peter Chand, Storyteller.

Tongue Tied & Twisted in Print

Notes to editors

About Black Country Touring @bct_us @stevebct @DawinderBansal

Over the past 20 years Black Country Touring have worked with the communities of the Black Country to create and promote work in one of the areas of lowest engagement in the arts in the country. Black Country Touring works with a vast network of voluntary and professional promoters to create, choose and present the very best professional productions and events for their local communities. We bring the very best artists and companies to the area and also produce new work born out of contemporary Black Country stories for both local and national audiences.

www.bctouring.co.uk

 About Peter Chand @PeterChandstory

Peter has been storytelling since 1999, and has entertained audiences all over Britain and further with his tales from the Indian Subcontinent. His parents migrated to Britain from the Punjab region in the 1950’s, and though he was born in the Midlands, Peter grew up using Punjabi as his first language. He combines these two cultures seamlessly to tell stories full of life, wisdom, and humour.

www.chandstory.com

About PKCtheFirst @PKCthefirst

Pavan Chand, also known as PKCthefirst, is an up and coming UK music producer from Wolverhampton. He has taken the music scene by storm, working on solo project called “So Far, So Good” back in 2014 which got a staggering 50,000 views on soundcloud. With a unique blend of Urban Hip Hop and classical Asian Indian sounds, PKC has found his own niche. Pavan Chand also works across genres, working with artists such as Vaz, and Signed Rapper “K Koke”. Most recently he appeared on BBC Asian Network radio and has received support from celebrities such as Nihal and Yasser.

www.soundcloud.com/pkcthefirst

 About the Heritage Lottery Fund @heritagelottery

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.

www.hlf.org.uk

Listing Information:

Venue: Oak House Museum, Oak Road, West Bromwich, B70 8HJ
Date: Thursday 26th May 2016
Performance Times: 7.15pm
Tickets: £5
Box Office: 0121 533 0759 (not manned every day, leave a message)
Online enquiries: museumarts_tourism@sandwell.gov.uk

Venue: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Date: Saturday 28th May
Performance Times: 6.00pm
Tickets: £12 (plus £1.75 booking fee). Limited £10 early bird tickets. 
Box Office: 0844 875 0073
Online enquiries: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Venue: Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU.
Date: Tuesday 31st May
Performance Times: 7.45pm
Tickets: £10.50 / £8.50 concessions (Includes a 50p per ticket booking fee, not charged if paying by cash)
Box Office: 01302 303 959
Online enquiries: https://castindoncaster.com/whats-on/performance/tongue-tied-and-twisted

Venue: Arena Theatre, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SE
Date: Thursday 2nd June 2016
Performance Times: 7.30pm
Tickets: £10 with concessions at £8
Box Office: 01902 321 321 Book Online: www.wlv.ac.uk/arena-theatre
Venue: Thimblemill Library, Thimblemill Road, Smethwick, B67 5RJ
Date: Saturday 4th June 2016
Performance Times: 8.00pm
Tickets: £3 in advance and £4 on the door
Box Office: 0121 429 2039

For further information:

Tongue Tied & Twisted show booking enquiries – Peter Chand – chandstory@tiscali.co.uk

A Co-Production with Black Country Touring & Peter Chand in partnership with Creative Black Country.