December 2013
London Tristan Bates Theatre

Talkback Readings 2013

Readings of rich, brave and imaginative new plays by some of the freshest and most original voices in new theatre writing. This was the culmination of Kali’s 2013 Writer Development Programme.

Sat 7 December 
WRITTEN BY JESSY 
By Tasbir Malle
Nice, well behaved Indian girls don’t do boys, or prancing around to 80’s music and they certainly don’t write voyeuristic plays about their neighbour’s night time antics. Or do they?

Mon 9 December 
POLARISED
by Arvind Thandi
From suburban Birmingham to scandalous Soho, Kiran is on a queer journey of discovery as she is thrust into politics, arts and indie music in this sensuous new drama.

Tue 10 December  (Double Bill)
TO FORGET AND FORGET 
by Neelam Parmar
The Brahmin’s are coming to dinner. Vinati desperately wants to show she’s the mother of a perfect home, but even she can’t gloss over her family’s imperfections. A play about guilt, addiction and the desperate need to forget life’s bad bits.

HONOUR 
by Mediah Ahmad
Ali and Samra are married.  Ali loves Samra. But Samra cannot stand the sight of Ali or let him anywhere near her. How can she live with the man she was forced to marry after he raped her, let alone love him?

 Wed 11 December (Double Bill)
SICK/SMALL/EARLY  
by Sonali Bhattacharyya
Four new mothers are thrown together in a neo-natal unit where they provoke, challenge and ultimately support one another in this surreal, testing and tender play.

MY HOMEMADE KITE
by Sita Monroe
What makes you an asylum seeker? Over a night counting tins of tuna in a petrol station with her work colleague Joe, Krishnaveni finally opens up about what she was running away from.

Fri 13 December  
CORNELIA CALLING  
by Jocelyn Watson
The first woman to study law at Oxford University was the Indian, Cornelia Sorabji.  This revealing play explores this fascinating, highly independent and unpredictable character and her contradictory views on women’s rights, Gandhi and Indian nationalism.

Sat 14 December 
THE ATTIC
by Rubin Din
What would you do if your mother married you off to someone who’s not even on the same continent without telling your matchmaking father and then locked you in the attic? This surreal comedy shows what can happen when a mother is rejected by those she loves.