Article Source: Lubna Kerr
First Published: 21 July 2021 12:22
Updated: 21 July 2021 12:23
Pakistan to 60s Glasgow – Lubna Kerr and Two Strong Women’s Road to Empowerment
The one-woman show reflects her family’s experiences since arriving in Scotland from Pakistan in the late 60s.
The comedian and actress was raised in Glasgow but has lived in Edinburgh for many years and is well-known as a stand-up and as an actress, and has appeared in TV shows such as Scot Squad and Two Doors Down, Armchair Detectives as well as the stage show Still Game in 2014.
In Tickbox Lubna takes on multiple roles, including that of her mother and her younger self, in a semi-autobiographical production that is very much about struggle, expectations and empowerment.
A work of storytelling theatre that’s full of humour, Tickbox reflects the cultural journey of a Pakistani family and is full of insights about the nature of identity.
She said: “It intertwines my life with that of my Mum, who was just the best. Growing up in Scotland after my Dad won a place to do a Chemistry PhD at Strathclyde University, had its challenges for us all, especially when tragedy struck the family.
“But Tickbox is wider than that. It’s about the lives of strong, determined women across two generations. And there’s a lot that anyone who has moved from one society to another will recognise – the experiences that have been common to them all throughout history.”
There will be six performances of the newly updated show between 17-22 August.
They take place as part of Army@TheFringe, the Army’s own Fringe venue, which specialises in presenting bold, independent productions that address issues key issues about society and about life both in and out of uniform.
In the case of Tickbox this includes exposing the prejudice and discrimination that has been experienced by many new Scots.
Lubna, who is also an NHS pharmacist, began her career in acting and comedy in 2010 as a mature woman. She enjoys using her very Scottish sense of humour both to break down and sometimes to play up her Asian heritage – and the issues faced by people of Pakistani heritage across the UK.
Lubna has gigged across the country, and in the USA. Her 2018 debut show The Asian Ellen DeGeneres premiered at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival before going to the Edinburgh Fringe.
In 2019 she followed this up with another solo show Where are You Really From? – a question she frequently faces – and with an answer that depends on whose asking.
Many will also be familiar with Lubna from her regular appearances on BBC Radio Scotland and frequent newspaper columns.
For more about Lubna Kerr see http://www.lubnakerr.co.uk
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