Witty, bold, provocative plays



3 - 22 December
Arcola Theatre London
Happy Birthday Kali!
Talkback 2012

A celebration of Kali’s 21st birthday.
A festival of two productions and 7 readings celebrating Kali’s 21 years of cutting edge theatre by South Asian women. 

The Festival begins with a reading of Song for A Sanctuary, the first play produced by Kali in 1991.

 Mon 3 Dec  8pm
Song For A Sanctuary
by Rukhsana Ahmad
Directed by Aileen Gonsalves 

When Rajinder arrives at a women’s refuge to escape her violent husband, her religious commitment and conformity to tradition lead to clashes with radical refuge worker, Kamla. Lost in their battle for the soul of Rajinder’s teenage daughter, Savita, both women forget the dangers of a breach of security, with disastrous consequences…

This was the first play produced by Kali; presented at the Lyric, Hammersmith, on a national tour and broadcast by BBC Radio4 and nominated for a Susan Smith Blackburn Award.

The festival will include 6 readings of new plays by some of the freshest and most original voices in new theatre writing; the culmination of Kali’s annual Writer Development Programme, a year long series of workshops and dramaturgy for new and emerging writers.

Sat 8 Dec  3pm   (Double bill)
by Iman Qureshi
Directed by Poonam Brah           
Five sexy, sassy and cynical twenty-somethings come together at a speed-dating event. A banker in denial, a writer with a hang-up, a publicist with a penchant for sexagenarians, a jilted musician and a shrink with a secret reveal their misanthropy and closeted desires in a wry comedy of heartbreak and loneliness. In a culture obsessed by the pursuit of money, love and success, Speed examines what we lose in the process.

I Killed My Best Friend’s Father
by Sushma Joshi   
Directed by Rosamunde Hutt 
What happens when a war ends and the people left behind have to deal with the consequences? Two teenage girls are displaced by the conflict in Nepal. The father of one has killed the father of the other. As the ghosts of their fathers linger nearby, still fighting between themselves, the two girls battle to preserve their friendship and survive in a hostile world…

Mon 10 Dec   8pm
by Nessah Muthy     
Directed by  Trilby James           
What does it mean to be 'English' in modern England?   Pickaninny explores what it means to grow up in a white English household but have the skin colour of what the outside world deems as non-English.  English/Mauritian Zorah, returns to her white English grandparents for Christmas with a myriad of secrets, questions and a desire to reunite with her estranged Mauritian father. There, Zorah must face the toughest challenge of her life.... 

Sat 15 Dec  3pm  (Double bill)
Behind The Twenty Second Floor Window
By Farrah Chaudhry
Directed by Rosamunde Hutt                              
2071. A totalitarian era of segregation and racial partition. People live in high rise buildings with blocked up windows. One day the window on the twenty-second floor of High Rise 0501 is exposed. Ahmed and Karolyn meet while investigating.  Ahmed dreams of Kashmir where his father comes from. Karolyn dreams of having a family of her own. Is Kashmir the answer to Ahmed’s questions or do the answers lie behind the twenty-second floor window?

by Manjeet Mann
Directed by Trilby James
Dee's community service is coming to an end, Pippa is at the Occupy London camp and Chrissy is having a hard time getting her rose bush to bloom. When the council threatens to sell the allotment for a luxury apartment block the protest moves there from St Pauls, triggering a tale of corruption, bribery and revenge.

Sat 22 Dec 3pm                         
Still Life  
by Aamina Ahmad                      
Directed by Janet Steel  
When Colonel Tariq, an Intelligence Officer in Pakistan's notorious secret service discovers an American has killed a prostitute in Lahore's red light district, a diplomatic crisis ensues.  While the two nations negotiate, angry mobs gather and political tension mounts. As professional ambition and private life collide, Tariq faces life changing decisions with far reaching consequences for his family and country.

Arcola Theatre
24 Ashwin Street Dalston London E8 3DL
Box Office 020 7503 1646
Or book via www.arcolatheatre.com
All readings tickets £10

Come and help us celebrate our birthday!

Short or Full Length?  Kali wants your scripts!
Are you a South Asian woman writer with something to say?  We are looking for original and inspiring new theatre scripts. Selected writers will receive dramaturgical support to develop their script for Talkback 2013.   Deadline for submitting scripts: Wednesday 27 February
Further details here

Photos by Lily Bertrand-Webb and Robert Day