Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi

Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi

In a game of attack and defence, who breathes first?

Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi, a powerful new drama about sport, nationality and belonging, will be heading to The Public in West Bromwich on Wednesday 21 November.

From the red dust of the Punjab to the Olympic stadiums of Europe this intense new drama explores the Indian sport of Kabaddi and its place on the world stage.

Against a backdrop of Indian revolutionary fervor, two players compete for a place in the team for the 1936 Berlin Olympics and for the love of Azadeh, a freedom fighter and outcast with a troubled past.

In 2012 at the London Olympic stadium site, their descendants wrestle to win favour once more… but with tragic consequences.

Structured like the two halves of a Kabaddi game, this production recreates the raw physicality of combat in a compelling story of the struggle to win.

Kabaddi is an ancient Asian combative sport involving moves of attack, counter-attack and defense in an attempt by one team to cross a boundary line into the opposing team’s territory, while holding their breath and repeatedly chanting ‘kabaddi’. In Hindi, ‘kabaddi’ means ‘holding of breath.’ The continuous chanting of kabaddi ‘proves’ to the opposition team and the spectators that the player is not breathing in.

As defenders and raiders/attackers cross into one another’s territory, Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi is about ‘faujis’ (illegal Indian immigrants in Britain) who cross not only physical, cultural and historical borders but emotional, psychological and memorial borders within. For faujis in Britain, kabaddi is sport. It is memory. It is defence.

Kabaddi is an ancient Asian combative sport involving moves of attack, counter-attack and defense in an attempt by one team to cross a boundary line into the opposing team’s territory, while holding their breath and repeatedly chanting ‘kabaddi’. In Hindi, ‘kabaddi’ means ‘holding of breath.’ The continuous chanting of kabaddi ‘proves’ to the opposition team and the spectators that the player is not breathing in.

As defenders and raiders/attackers cross into one another’s territory, Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi is about ‘faujis’ (illegal Indian immigrants in Britain) who cross not only physical, cultural and historical borders but emotional, psychological and memorial borders within. For faujis in Britain, kabaddi is sport. It is memory. It is defence.

See a video promo for the production http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7OWLL5KpyY

Linda Saunders, Managing Director of The Public said,

“Kali Theatre has an exceptional reputation for delivering outstanding productions. A play about the popular Indian sport will no doubt generate much interest amongst our audience.”

Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi takes place at The Public on Wednesday 21 November at 7.45pm. Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions) and are available from www.thepublic.com or by calling 0121 533 7161.

Region: All
Start Date: 21/11/2012
End Date: 21/11/2012
Start Time: 19:45
Venue: The Public
Venue Address: New Street, West Bromwich
Website: http://www.thepublic.com
Press Tickets: Not Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
 
Press Tickets:
Name: David Wright
Phone: 0121 533 7161