Discovery Showcase 2024

Staged readings of 12 striking short plays by newly discovered talents

February - March 2024

London | Birmingham | Leicester

DISCOVERY is our biennial 6month programme that seeks out talented new writers, providing dramaturgical support to develop a short new play - culminating in 3 public showcases of their work. This year we partnered with Theatre503, Leicester Curve & Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Discovery Birmingham Showcase
22 March  Birmingham Repertory Theatre 

3pm & 7pm

Staged Readings of 4 striking short plays by newly discovered talents from Birmingham and beyond


RITUALS by Gurpreet Jivan.
“Mum used to keep a wooden box on the shelf opposite her bed. We never touched it, only watched how she’d care for it.” Sharing their memories, two Sikh sisters from Birmingham learn about their mother.

THE RECIPE by Kerena Jagpal
A family recipe is passed down through generations and now the youngest is ready to learn. But it’s more than spices and sabji that we come to learn about. Three generations of women in a Panjabi family grapple with expectations of themselves… and each other.

HOW TO BE BROWN by Hannah Ali Khan
“D’you ever wish you was more brown?” Maya wants to be more brown. Saz thinks she’s brown enough. But as Maya turns more towards the friendly but conventional Anica for advice, can their friendship survive?

An awkward meeting. An unintended insult. A silenced house party. Having a ‘normal’ conversation in a neurotypical world was never going to be easy.


Discovery Birmingham Team

Directors Helena Bell & Beth Kapila

Dramaturg – Aisha Khan
Dramaturgy Placement – Naomi Joseph


Content warning: Mentions of drug use and mental health issues.

Cast List

RITUALS by Gurpreet Jivan

SatKarendip Phull

DevSabrina Sandhu


HOW TO BE BROWN by Hannah Ali Khan

MiaNia Gandhi

SazSabrina Sandhu

AnicaSimran Kular


THE RECIPE by Kerena Jagpal

GurdevSakuntala Ramanee

HarmeetBhawna Bhawsar

NavKarendip Phull



Young Woman – Nia Gandhi

Voice in HeadSabrina Sandhu

MotherBhawna Bhawsar

Conversation Partner 1/Partygoer 1Simran Kular

Conversation Partner 2 /Partygoer 2Karendip Phull


Discovery Leicester Showcase
1 March   Curve  

3pm & 7pm

Staged Readings of 4 striking short plays by newly discovered talents from Leicester and beyond


IT MOVED FOR ME by Upasana Kadam
Past and Present collide in this haunting memory play as Nina recalls moments from her lost romance in the hope of understanding her newfound grief.

HOPE NEW MILL by Amina Beg
Three female students find themselves stranded in the countryside with only the jinns and the insects for company. A funny, fresh look at the preoccupations of young women today.

CHRYSALIS by Shaira Sandhu
A thought provoking play about change and metamorphosis. We can each find beauty in a flawless form, but when limitations occur do we dream of perfection, or acceptance for all.

THE INCIDENT by Amrita Manku
A typical evening takes a cosmic turn when a stranger pays Sage a visit, derailing life as she knew it. A humorous and unexpected take on reclaiming one’s destiny and the intertwining threads of fate and consequence.



Discovery Leicester Team

Directors – Helena Bell & Trina Halder

Aisha Khan – Dramaturg
Naomi Joseph – Dramaturgy Placement


Content information: The plays contain themes that some people may find distressing – themes of bereavement and mental health issues plus some strong language and mention of drug taking.

Age Guide 14 plus


Cast List

IT MOVED FOR ME by Upasana Kadam

Nina Chandni Mistry

Past Nina Simran Kular

James Elan Butler


CHRYSALIS by Shaira Sandhu

VI Chandni Mistry

Lav Kate Spencer

Iris Sabrina Nabi


HOPE NEW MILL by Amina Beg

Ara Sabrina Nabi

Khadijah Kate Spencer

Maryam Simran Kular

Sheraz Aaron Virdi


THE INCIDENT by Amrita Manku

Sage Chandni Mistry

Thyme Kate Spencer

‘Difficult themes explored intelligently and humorously’

Audience member

Great to see these new voices and know they are being nurtured’

Audience member

‘Felt represented and empowered’

Audience member
London Showcase

Discovery London Showcase
9 February   Theatre503  

Script-in-hand performances of 4 striking short plays by newly discovered talents 

SPOT by Yasmin Mehboob-Khan
Through weird and wild corners of the internet, Spot discovers that they are a non-monogamist. On a mission to redefine love, Spot explores queer polyamory – but is haunted by absurd characters on the way.

THIS IS A COW by Khushali Maroo
A cow is born and then it dies. A play about the different ways we meet the cow – in the shed, the slaughterhouse, and at dinner. A play that explores violence and love.

LIMINAL by Roopak Khara
Liminal challenges you to ponder the boundaries between Nirvana and the Mental Health Act. Punjabi? Psychotic? Patient? Pick a ‘P’ – but pick wisely!

THE WIG by Shezah Salam
Amongst the toupees and crew cuts of a West London wig shop, a grouchy cancer patient and his tenacious wife realise they have some hard choices to make. And not all of them are about hair.

503 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 3BW   Directions
Box Office 020 7978 7040  Book here

Running time: Approx. 80 minutes (no interval)

Age guidance: 16+

Content information: The plays contain themes that some people may find distressing – view content information here

Discovery London Team

Directors – Helena Bell &  Trina Halder

Dramaturg – Atiha Sen Gupta
With additional dramaturgy by Naomi Joseph, Kali’s 23/24 Dramaturg Training Placement.


photo credit: Ikin Yum

‘I thoroughly enjoyed every piece, inspiring, insightful and unique! So grateful to Kali for platforming new writing’

Audience member

‘Each play raised a plethora of pertinent contemporary issues in an artistically creative way that provoked much thought which is what drama does so well’

Audience member

‘Wide ranging topics and styles and imaginative use of space’

Audience member

Cast List

SPOT by Yasmin Mehboob-Khan
Spot – Aryana Ramkhalawon
Khai – Lydia Bakelmun
Faz – Gurjot Dhaliwal
The Others – Safiyya Ingar


THIS IS A COW by Khushali Maroo
Gopi – Gurjot Dhaliwal
Christine – Lydia Bakelmun
Leela – Safiyya Ingar
Nik – Devesh Kishore


LIMINAL by Roopak Kaur Khara
Mrs Kaur – Safiyya Ingar
Dr Singh – Lydia Bakelmun
Dr Patel – Asif Khan


THE WIG by Shezah Salam
Mo – Devesh Kishore
Badr – Aryana Ramkhalawon
James – Asif Khan
Gail – Gurjot Dhaliwal


Stage Manager – Eliott Sheppard


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