REVIEW: The Tiger and the Moustache Brewery Theatre 8/10
THE Tiger and the Moustache is the work of Saikat Ahamed, an actor whom most local theatre goers may recognise from his performances in the Tobacco Factory's Cinderella, Ali Baba and the Old Vic's Treasure Island and Peter Pan.
Development of his own production began through Bristol Ferment, the artistic development department of the Bristol Old Vic which was set up to support local artists develop new work.
A one-man show, referring to an old Bengali folk tale about a man who could catch a tiger with the strength of his facial hair, combines Ahamed's own personal reminiscences and that of his own familial history, with the turbulent birth of the nation of Bangladesh.
His parents' flight to Glasgow may have saved their lives, but brought with it cultural difficulties, such as the story of his father killing a chicken in their flat's bathtub for dinner.
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Ahamed is an excellent storyteller, bringing an energetic bounce to the stage that invests his performance with real fizz.
It's not perfect however, with certain threads of his story under-served in places due to the amount of topics he tries to cover.
It's nevertheless a fine play: honest, personal, funny and thoughtful, it superbly encapsulates Ahamed's skills as a writer as well as a performer.