New play: Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi

New play: Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi

Pursued By A Bear productions in co-production with Kali Theatre and in association with Mercury Theatre, Colchester present the premiere and UK tour of

Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi

A play by Satinder Chohan
Directed by Helena Bell

Tour 8th November – 1st December 2012
London December 4th-8th, Arcola Theatre
Press night Thu 8th November, Mercury Theatre Colchester

Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi is a gripping new drama about sport, nationhood and belonging with a haunting love story at its heart. From the red dust of the Punjab to the London Olympic stadium, this intense new drama explores the Indian sport of Kabaddi and its place on the world stage. Against a backdrop of Indian revolutionary fervour, 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 London 2012, their descendants risk everything to play for gold. But can they ever break free from their past?

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.

Talking about the inspiration for the play, writer Satinder Chohan said: “In the long run-up to London 2012 I had been wondering why Kabaddi wasn’t part of the Olympics. I began thinking about people who might exist outside the exciting national narrative of our summer – immigrants from kabaddi stock who belong to a hidden underclass in this country. The play sprang from that, spanning a UK-India divide.”

Satinder Chohan’s previous plays include Zameen for Kali Theatre (Soho upstairs and National Tour). She completed a year-long Writer’s Attachment at Hampstead Theatre in 2010 and is currently under commission to Tamasha Theatre with her play ‘Lotus Beauty’.

Pursued by a Bear Productions make theatre and digital film and were founded in 1998. PBAB are resident at Farnham Maltings and commission cutting-edge new writing delivered in striking, visually compelling productions. Previous writers commissioned by the company include Fraser Grace, Oladipo Agboluaje, Anna Reynolds, Craig Baxter, and Rukhsana Ahmad.

For further information, press tickets or interview requests with the writer or cast, please email Yasmeen Khan on

Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi cast and production
Directed by Helena Bell
Pushpinder Chani SHERA/PAVAN
Shalini Peiris AZADEH
Choreography by Jasmine Simhalan
Music composed by Arun Ghosh
Designer – Sophia Lovell Smith
Lighting Design – Mark Dymock

Listings Information
Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi

Mercury Theatre
Nov 8th-10th: 7.45pm
PRESS NIGHT Thu 8th November
Box Office: 01206 573948

The Cut
Nov 17th: 7.30pm
Box Office: 0845 6732123

Arena Theatre
Nov 19th: 7.30pm
Box Office: 01902 321321

The Public
Nov 21st: 7.45pm
Box Office: 0121 533 7161

Midlands Arts Centre
Nov 27th: 8.00pm
Box Office: 0121 446 3232

Mumford Theatre Anglia Ruskin University
Nov 30th-Dec 1st: 7.30pm
Box Office: 0845 196 2320

Arcola Theatre
Dec 4th-8th: 8pm
Box Office: 020 7503 1646

Region: All
Venue: Various theatres
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
Press Tickets:
Name: Yasmeen Khan