Words Weekend 2019
Goodness Gracious Me with Nikesh Shukla, Nina Wadia and Konnie Huq
It’s over twenty years since the ground-breaking Goodness Gracious Me skewered multiculturalism with its sharp, on-the-nose sketches about the default British Asian narrative. The award winning series that aired on BBC 2 from 1998 to 2001 showed up the reality of the non-existent “sarees, samosas and steel drums” utopia.
Join writer and cast-member Nina Wadia alongside, best-selling author Nikesh Shukla (The Good Immigrant) and cast member Konnie Huq, to discuss the significance of seeing yourself reflected in mainstream culture; the importance of great satire in an increasingly divisive political landscape; and to laugh your head off at some of the most brilliant sketches of our time.
In partnership with Gem Arts.
Venue: Sage One
As everyone deserves equal access to entertainment, every event in Words Weekend will be accessible. In addition to the gold standard access provision at Sage Gateshead, all events will be BSL interpreted and there will be a roaming interpreter facilitating conversations throughout the venue.
Words Weekend will post a Social Story on their website for anyone who might find new situations difficult and would like to know what to expect from the festival. Sage Gateshead also offer short familiarisation visits.
We request that everyone is tolerant to the needs of other audience members, some of whom might need to take a break from a space during an event, for example. Lighting will be raised slightly higher than usual, sound levels will be limited at most events and more comfortable seating options will be offered in some spaces. Please remember that not all disabilities or health conditions are visible. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]