Priya Mistry, Tropical Awkward Bastard at Chisenhale Dance


‘A pineapple, a bunch of bananas, a tropical juice carton, one sharp cleaver and a tutu- with a question hanging in the air: when did hospitality turn into hostility?’

Tropical Awkward Bastard is a bold and provocative rant about ticking all the right boxes whilst being utterly misrepresented in the world. This is about language and etymology, how meaning has evolved and what value systems are promoted. Exploring taught and promoted histories, Tropical Awkward Bastard asks how this feeds the construction of national identities, as well as our idea of ourselves.

whatsthebigmistry is the work of Midlands based artist Priya Mistry, working cross-discipline straddling performance, live art, visual art and dance. Priya is also a creative practitioner, working with arts institutions to facilitate workshops with focused groups, most notably in the field of mental health, inclusion and invisible dis/ability.

Priya is an Associate Artist with Derby Theatre and Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester through the In Good Company Artist Development Scheme. She is also an Associate Artist at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, an Artist Member at Chisenhale Dance Space, Eastside Projects and the Social Engagement Practice group based at Primary Studios in Nottingham and also a regular collaborator with Daily Life Limited- Bobby Baker.  Mistry also works as collaborator, deviser and performer, this portfolio includes Carnesky Production’s ‘The Incredible Bleeding Woman’, New Art Club Cupid and Pysche, Emma Kirkland and Keir Cooper’s Don Quiojte, Micheal Pinchbeck, Puppets with Guts, Florence Peak Make/ Remake and 2Magpies Theatre amongst others. Recently Mistry teamed with Bryony Kimmings and Joseph Mercier of Panic Lab to create her show Musical Mental Health Cabaret.

Event details:

Saturday June 29th 7.30pm @ Chisenhale Dance

64 – 84 Chisenhale Road E35QZ

020 8981 6617


£5 Aged 14 – 18 | £8 early bird | £10 standard | £12 on the door