30 October —11 November  

Lust | Laughter | Strength | Strife

Performed readings of seven provocative, funny and courageous new plays. It’s the culmination of our nine month Writer Development Programme -inspiring and training South Asian women to write for performance.

Come and catch some of the freshest and most original voices in new theatre writing.

Monday 30 October 7.30pm
by Wersha Bharadwa
Directed by Rosamunde Hutt
After losing both her job and her mother, an ambitious 30-something struggles to keep her dating game and career on track while caring for her aging dad. When her stoner childhood sweetheart turns up she discovers chaos comes in many forms. Care-giving, spirituality and Ibiza parties fuse in this witty and tender play that gets to the heart of Generation X woes.

Tuesday 31 October  7.30pm
by Fahima Sahabdeen
Directed by Helena Bell
Charming but unscrupulous Sheila runs an animal welfare office in Sri Lanka. When a dove due to be released during a peace ceremony dies in mysterious circumstances, the government ask Sheila to help solve the looming political crisis.  This madcap comedy features animal rights, corruption, regime brutality and bird droppings.

Saturday 4 November   4pm
by Shyam Bhatt
Directed by Poonam Brah
In this modern-day romance, a creative soul meets a rising corporate star and their instant attraction blinds them to each other's flaws. Ash and Asha fail to notice the depth of their differences until the cracks in their relationship appear and they are forced into a momentous decision which will affect their lives forever.

Monday 6 November  7.30pm 
by Nicole Latchana
Directed by Juliet Knight
Mama’s Brixton café is her livelihood but also her home.  The community she feeds are her family.  When her landlord decides to evict her to ‘regenerate’ the area she and her ‘family’ are forced to discover what home really means. 

Tuesday 7 November  7.30pm
by Salma Lyons
Directed by Aileen Gonsalves
With only his workers Tracey and 10 year old Ayesha, is there any hope that George's sweatshop can complete their unfinished garments?  The arrival of Teyba, a smartly dressed new seamstress offers hope but upsets the cosy atmosphere.  With "NO SWEAT!" protests outside recalling painful memories of the Poll Tax riots, the situation threatens to ignite...

Friday 10 November 4pm
A new script in development for touring in 2018 SUNDOWNING
by Nessah Muthy
Directed by Helena Bell
When Alyssa returns home from prison she’s devastated to find her Nan’s health in serious decline. In a bid to give Betty one last joyous, jolly, jingle filled holiday, Alyssa kidnaps Betty and the pair embark on a campervan road trip with the seaside in their sights. However the dementia and the past soon catch up with them both...

Saturday 11 November  4pm
by Radha S. Menon
Directed by Aileen Gonsalves
In this modern day Greek tragedy, unlikely hero Hanuman finds himself orphaned after the sudden death of his scientist father Dr Reddy, the inventor of a gadget that enables animals to speak in human language. Cheered on by a chorus of crows, Hanuman must find the courage to reveal this invention to the world and save all animals from extinction.

Tristan Bates Theatre
1A Tower St  London WC2H 9NP
5 mins walk from Leicester Square underground
Box Office 020 3841 6611
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Tickets £10 (£8 concessions)