Altab Ali was a Bangladeshi textile worker who was murdered by three teenagers on 4 May 1978 in a racist attack in East London as he walked home after work. It provoked the mass mobilisation of the Bengali community locally. For the first time, the Bengali community in East London came out onto the streets to make their voice heard and claim their identity. They wanted rights and justice. The Police detained a few of the community members. The community demonstrated a non-violent sit-in protest in front of the police station and was asking for their release. Finally the detainees were released, which became a jubilant moment for the Bengali community as they were finally being heard and their identity was being recognised.
The play defined '78 as a significant moment, and inspires all other minority groups to be confident with their identity and to stand up for their rights, thus combatting racism in whatever form or whenever it comes.
Purbanat is an established theatre company in the West Midlands and a creative home for new plays, performers and creative people. Working collaboratively with a variety of partners, they discover, nurture and produce drama which tells universal stories to audiences from a wide range of backgrounds. Purbanat specialises in producing both new plays and adaptations of existing international written works, and tours to theatres and community focussed venues throughout the Midlands and beyond. Purbanat's other productions are Salty Water and Us, Bangla Brummies and Jahaji.