Kiran, a young British Asian actress from London is recruited by an Indian film director to play the part of Shola, a Mogul Antigone. But the death of her screenwriter aunt throws her life into turmoil by putting her into direct conflict with her Indian cousins and forces her to grapple with communalism as it spills over into her life.
Set against the Bombay riots of December 1992 in which an astonishing 46 people were killed, this is a contemporary re-working of the ancient myth, Antigone; still relevant to our times, particularly in a South Asian context where communalism still continues to divide us. Stories emerge from the ashes of the fires that engulfed Bombay.
River on Fire was shortlisted for the 2002 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
Writer Rukhsana Ahmad
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, Letting Go and From Kabul to Kunduz. For BBC Radio, beside her original plays, she has adapted: Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea, Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss, Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s […]About the writer
ripe with tensions… this very able cast tell the story of how family squabbles … can become highly political when religion is involved…. it stays with you…
Excellent to see Kali Theatre proving as innovative yet mainstream as ever.
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