Bilquis Bibi rules over her household with a rod of iron and a stifling love which cages her five daughters. Like butterflies forever cocooned, they long to shimmer and show their true colours. When her second husband dies suddenly, Bilquis agrees for eldest girl Abida to become engaged to her nephew Pappo. He brings with him the hope of love and the American dream. Bilquis turns a blind eye to the illicit nightly visits Pappo pays to his fiancée's balcony. But what will happen when she realises that more than one daughter is staying awake for him?
Following its sell-out production of A Fine Balance in 2006, Tamasha returns to Hampstead Theatre with a passionate interpretation of Federico García Lorca's masterpiece, The House of Bernarda Alba. Set in Pakistan's fertile Punjab region, it tells a personal yet subtly political story of small town lives with global ties.