With fresh new voices and surprising perspectives, Kali writers boldly address the global alongside the everyday at a time when power and traditions are shifting in the UK and worldwide. The festival includes:
• Deadeye by Amber Lone, Soho writer on attachment 04/05, directed by Kali’s Artistic Director Janet Steel:
A second generation tries to break from the morals and expectations of its parents. Amber tackles the taboo of drug use and abuse and highlights the power of women in the Asian community.
• Behna (sisters) by Sonia Likhari, directed by Suzanne Gorman:
Sibling rivalry causes a family to unravel across a year. Set in a hot Southall kitchen at the heart of community life, a group of women experience pressure from each other, men, family and food in a dark comedy where a sister is both a blessing and a curse.
• Zameen by Satinder Kaur Chohan, directed by Paulette Randall:
Set in the cotton fields of Punjab, Zameen weaves a topical tale of globalisation around small village lives, where forces of nature, tradition and modernity collide. The play presents a changing world, inspired by an ancestral land, people and way of life rooted in a history of struggle – and resilience.
• 20/20: a vocal and visual dramatic tapestry created by bite-size snippets of writing from 20 Asian women woven together with sound and imagery.
• plus rehearsed readings of further plays by Sonali Bhattacharyya, Saman Shad, Lekha Desai Morrison and Sayan Kent.
Janet Steel, Artistic Director of Kali Theatre, says “This is now a very exciting time for theatre where Asian women playwrights are pushing the boundaries of theatre in form and content. We are thrilled to be presenting this exciting new work”.
Asian Women Talk Back builds upon Kali Theatre Company’s commitment to developing new writing. Kali Theatre was set up in 1990 to present stories by Asian women who challenge our perceptions through original and thought provoking theatre. Over the years it has established a reputation for creative theatre that takes audiences on journeys that inspire, excite and intrigue. Productions include: Calcutta Kosher (2004) by Shelley Silas; Chaos (2005) by Azma Dar and Bells (2005) by Yasmin Khan.
Asian Women Talk Back Festival is supported by Bloomberg with support from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Peggy Ramsay Foundation and Gulbenkian Foundation.