Talkback 2017

Lust | Laughter | Strength | Strife

October – November 2017

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Performed readings of seven provocative, funny and courageous new plays. It’s the culmination of our nine month Writer Development Programme -inspiring and training South Asian women to write for performance. Come and catch some of the freshest and most original voices in new theatre writing.

I Go Home Now

Monday 30 October 7.30pm

Writer: Wersha Bharadwa

Directed by Rosamunde Hutt

After losing both her job and her mother, an ambitious 30-something struggles to keep her dating game and career on track while caring for her aging dad. When her stoner childhood sweetheart turns up she discovers chaos comes in many forms. Care-giving, spirituality and Ibiza parties fuse in this witty and tender play that gets to the heart of Generation X woes.

Peace Dove

Tuesday 31 October, 7.30pm

Writer: Fahima Sahabdeen

Directed by Helena Bell

Charming but unscrupulous Sheila runs an animal welfare office in Sri Lanka. When a dove due to be released during a peace ceremony dies in mysterious circumstances, the government ask Sheila to help solve the looming political crisis. This madcap comedy features animal rights, corruption, regime brutality and bird droppings.

Wisdom Teeth

Saturday 4 November, 4pm

Writer: Shyam Bhatt

Directed by Poonam Brah

In this modern-day romance, a creative soul meets a rising corporate star and their instant attraction blinds them to each other’s flaws. Ash and Asha fail to notice the depth of their differences until the cracks in their relationship appear and they are forced into a momentous decision which will affect their lives forever.

Home and Everything Inbetween

Monday 6 November, 7.30pm

Writer: Nicole Latchana

Directed by Juliet Knight

Mama’s Brixton café is her livelihood but also her home. The community she feeds are her family. When her landlord decides to evict her to ‘regenerate’ the area she and her ‘family’ are forced to discover what home really means.


Tuesday 7 November, 7.30pm

Writer: Salma Lyons

Directed by Aileen Gonsalves

With only his workers Tracey and 10 year old Ayesha, is there any hope that George’s sweatshop can complete their unfinished garments? The arrival of Teyba, a smartly dressed new seamstress offers hope but upsets the cosy atmosphere. With “NO SWEAT!” protests outside recalling painful memories of the Poll Tax riots, the situation threatens to ignite…


Friday 10 November, 4pm

Writer: Nessah Muthy

About the writer

A new script in development for touring in 2018

Directed by Helena Bell

When Alyssa returns home from prison she’s devastated to find her Nan’s health in serious decline. In a bid to give Betty one last joyous, jolly, jingle filled holiday, Alyssa kidnaps Betty and the pair embark on a campervan road trip with the seaside in their sights. However the dementia and the past soon catch up with them both…

Monkey Man

Saturday 11 November, 4pm

Writer: Radha S. Menon

Directed by Aileen Gonsalves

In this modern day Greek tragedy, unlikely hero Hanuman finds himself orphaned after the sudden death of his scientist father Dr Reddy, the inventor of a gadget that enables animals to speak in human language. Cheered on by a chorus of crows, Hanuman must find the courage to reveal this invention to the world and save all animals from extinction.

Venue Information

Tristan Bates Theatre

1A Tower St London WC2H 9NP
5 mins walk from Leicester Square underground
Box Office 020 3841 6611
Book online
Tickets £10 (£8 concessions)

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