Full cast: Ravi Aujla, Lolita Chakrabarti, Raj Ghatak, Shaheen Khan, Shelley King and Amit Shah
When a well-behaved Indian girl is filmed with a boy in her classroom, the video clip spreads like a virus. Transmitted from person to person it infects firstly the local community and then seemingly the entire country with a burning moral outrage.
Set in the fiercely conservative Tamil region of southern India, Free Outgoing sets the rampant technology of the modern world against the conservatism of a traditional society.
Indhu Rubasingham’s previous work at the Royal Court Theatre includes Sugar Mummies, Lift Off and Clubland. She also directed Tanika Gupta’s Waiting Room (National Theatre), Fabulations (Tricycle) and Yellowman (Liverpool Everyman/Hampstead Theatre).
Anupama Chandrasekhar is a Chennai-based playwright. She attended the Royal Court Theatre International Residency for Young Playwrights on a British Council-Charles Wallace Trust of India fellowship in 2000. Her play Acid, developed at a workshop conducted by the Royal Court, British Council and RAGE theatre group in Mumbai, premiered at the Writers’ Bloc Festival of New Writing at Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai in 2004. A short commissioned play Kabaddi-Kabaddi was presented at the Royal Court’s International Season and at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in 2004. Another short play, Whiteout, commissioned as part of the Royal Court’s 50th anniversary celebrations, was given a staged reading in 2006 and aired on the BBC World Service. Other plays include: Closer Apart (Chennai, 2003) and Anytime, Anywhere (Bangalore, 2004).
International Playwrights: A Genesis Project