Two sisters return to the crumbling Calcutta home of their childhood. When family secrets are revealed, the women are forced to re-examine their relationship with their mother and the reality of their own lives in the light of a hidden past.
Set in the little known Indian Jewish community of Calcutta, this funny and moving play explored conflicts between old and new, east and west, tradition and truth. Award-winning writer Shelley Silas examined how family and culture, time and distance influence our sense of who we are.
Writer Shelley Silas
Shelley’s theatre plays – Eating Ice Cream on Gaza Beach (NYT/Soho Theatre), Falling (The Bush), Calcutta Kosher (Kali/Southwark Playhouse, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Arcola), Mercy Fine (Clean Break). Radio plays include The Trial of the Well of Loneliness, two series in Val McDermid’s comedy crime DEAD series and I am Emma Humphreys.About the writer
Calcutta Kosher was originally workshopped by Janet Steel, Artistic Director of Kali with Tara Arts. It was then adapted for radio and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000. Kali presented a full stage production in 2004. It sold out a month-long run at London’s Southwark Playhouse and was well attended at all of the venues it visited on a short UK tour. It was later revived for a successful run at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. It was seen by over 4,000 people, receiving great acclaim from enthusiastic audiences and the press.
The Sunday Times
A gem that glows in the dark….
Entertaining and poignant… beautifully acted…
fine performances in Janet Steel’s moving production… plenty of humour and emotional intensity.
The Jewish Chronicle
A vibrant new play…. Unique and fascinating
Sunday Times of India
A powerful moving piece