Productions

Homing Birds

by Rukhsana Ahmad

Touring Autumn 2019

Plymouth, Salisbury, Hornchurch, Leicester, London

Can a place ever be home without a connection to family and roots?

Young Afghan refugee Saeed desperately wants to reconnect with his roots and find his long-lost sister. So he leaves his adoptive family in London and returns home to Kabul to work as a doctor, eager to contribute to rebuilding a new Afghanistan. But here past and present collide and Saeed must face up to the reality of his changed world.

This moving and thought-provoking play asks if a place can ever be home without a connection to family and roots?

Award Winning writer Rukhsana Ahmad has written many plays for stage and BBC radio.

“a high-paced, provocative and absorbing piece of drama”
Metro on Rukhsana Ahmad’s River on Fire.

Audience Reactions:

“Excellent, thought-provoking work – a powerful reinforcement of messages for peace“

“Amazing and very moving performances”

Join us on Tuesday 3rd December at Tara Arts for Between Saviours and Saboteurs: Afghan women in the 21st-century, a post-show discussion. Featuring writer of Homing Birds Rukhsana Ahmad, multi-award winning journalist Nadene Ghouri and domestic violence advisor and educator Elaha Walizadeh.

Writer Rukhsana Ahmad

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Rukhsana is a playwright, writer and translator. Stage plays include: Song for a Sanctuary, Gatekeeper’s Wife, River on Fire, Mistaken: Annie Besant in India and Letting Go. For BBC Radio, besides originals, she has adapted: Nawal El Saadawi’s Woman at Point Zero, Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea, R. K. Narayan’s The Guide, Kiran Desai’s The […]

About the writer
About The Play

“Excellent, thought-provoking work – a powerful reinforcement of messages for peace“

Audience member, Theatre Royal Plymouth

“ Loved it!  Beautifully performed.  Fantastic story”

Audience member, Salisbury Playhouse

“Amazing and very moving performances”

Audience member, Theatre Royal Plymouth

“Inspiring”

Audience member, Salisbury Playhouse

“Fantastic performance of Homing Birds in Leicester tonight. Best 1 1/2 hours I’ve spent in a theatre for a long time.”

Twitter follower
🙏🏾@KaliTheatreUK  for  bringing #HomingBirds to
@CurveLeicester which we had the great privilege to watch last night. This beautifully written, thought provoking, from the very first second gripping drama, performed by an astonishingly talented cast will stay with me forever!”❤️

 

 

Venues

PLYMOUTH
Theatre Royal – The Drum
Wed 9- Sat 12 Oct  7.45pm                                                                                                                          Post show discussion with the writer Thursday 10 October

Theatre Royal – The Drum
Royal Parade Plymouth PL1 2TR
Box Office 01752  267222

Book online here

SALISBURY
The Salberg at Salisbury Playhouse
Thur 17- Sat 19 October 7.45pm

The Salberg
Malthouse Lane
Salisbury SP2 7RA
Box Office 01722 320 333

Book online here

HORNCHURCH
Queens Theatre
Fri 25-Sat 26 October 7.30pm

Queens Theatre
Billet Lane
Hornchurch RM11 1QT
Box Office 01708 443333

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LEICESTER
Leicester Curve
Thur 31 Oct – Sat 2 Nov 7.45pm
Post show discussion with the writer Thursday 31 October

Curve Theatre
60 Rutland Street
Leicester LE1 1SB
Box Office 0116 242 3595

Book online here

LONDON
Tara Arts
Tue 26 November –Sat 7 December
Tue – Sat 7.30pm Sat 7 Dec 3pm

 

Join us on Tuesday 3rd December at Tara Arts for Between Saviours and Saboteurs: Afghan women in the 21st-century, a post-show discussion. Featuring writer of Homing Birds Rukhsana Ahmad, multi-award winning journalist Nadene Ghouri and domestic violence advisor and educator Elaha Walizadeh.

 

Tara Theatre
356 Garratt Lane Earlsfield
London SW18 4ES
Just 10 minutes from Waterloo
Box Office 020 8333 4457

Book online here

Cast | Creatives | Crew

Cast and Crew

Cast
Suzanne Ahmet, Mona Khalili, John O’Mahony, Jay Varsani
Writer
Rukhsana Ahmad
Director
Helena Bell
Designer
Helen Coyston
Lighting Designer
Tanya Joelle Stephenson
Sound Designer
Dinah Mullen
Dramaturg
Suzanne Bell
Associate Director
Sita Thomas
Production Manager
Alex Ralls
Company Stage Manager
Jessica Thanki
Assistant Stage Manager
Chris Grogan
Publicist
Nancy Poole
Marketing Manager
Rasheed Rahman
Audience Development
Hardish Virk
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