Bhuchar Boulevard & The Royal Court Theatre to host celebration of plays from British South Asian writers

From Wednesday 30 May to Friday 1 June 2018, Bhuchar Boulevard, in association with the Royal Court Theatre, will present ‘Retracing Our Footsteps‘, three nights of play readings from British South Asian writers, celebrating a rich canon of classic works that are rarely seen on stage.

Curated by Bhuchar Boulevard Associate Suman Bhuchar, the retrospective will feature plays originally performed at the Royal Court Theatre exploring the subjects of child prostitution, corruption, partition, vengeance, love, and integration.

Directed by Kristine Landon-Smith, Kully Thiarai and Iqbal Khan, the readings will be presented in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, followed by panel discussions.

Sudha Bhuchar, Artistic director Bhuchar Boulevard, says:

“As an artist of colour, I have always seen ‘who I am’ as essential to my work. I now see younger artists looking to find their voice and identity through exploration of subjects that connect them to their history and heritage. They often have no knowledge of the works that already exist. It is urgent not only for them but for wider society to have access to this invisible canon and hopefully generate new interest in these works, and for mainstream theatres to see diverse voices as essential in making British theatre vital and relevant to all. This is a unique opportunity for audiences to engage with our diverse stories and offer an insight into a less known British Asian theatre heritage. Revisiting these plays offers a visceral comment on contemporary life.”

The readings will include: Partap Sharma‘s exposé of the underbelly of Indian society, A Touch Of Brightness (1967), which originally starred Saeed Jaffrey, Zora Sehgal and Roshan Seth, and was subsequently banned in India; Hanif Kureishi‘s moving look at the complexities of Asian immigrant life in Britain, Borderline (1981); and Harwant Bains‘ acclaimed drama, Blood (1989), which explores how the Partition of India shaped the lives of first generation immigrants to the UK. The original production featured the late Paul Bhattacharjee as Balbir and Meera Syal as Surinder.

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