Tag Archives: Tamasha

Child of the Divide

Polka Theatre, London (and on tour) ****

© Katherine Leedale, Diljohn Singh as Manohar, Pali's father, Karan Gill as Pali, Devesh Kishore as Shakur

© Katherine Leedale, Diljohn Singh as Manohar, Pali’s father, Karan Gill as Pali, Devesh Kishore as Shakur. Divided loyalties and identity, divided by a border…

Partition, seventy years on and perhaps only now, to a completely different generation, is the full horror of that appalling event becoming apparent and felt by audiences beyond the Indian diaspora. Continue reading

Bodies

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs (****)

© Bronwen Sharp, Salma Hoque as the Indian surrogate mother, Lakshmi

© Bronwen Sharp, Salma Hoque as the Indian surrogate mother, Lakshmi

It’s a very strange feeling when you come across two new plays with almost identical themes – a zeitgeist moment where an idea floating in the ether gets picked up by two playwrights in close time proximity. Continue reading

Made in India

Soho Theatre, London (****)

© Robert Day, Ulrika Krishnamurti as Aditi in setting by Lydia Denno

© Robert Day, Ulrika Krishnamurti as Aditi in setting by Lydia Denno

Tamasha, first started by Khristine Landon-Smith and Sudhar Bhuchar over a quarter of a century ago, look to be in excellent health judging by their latest, Made in India. Continue reading