Written by Mahesh Dattani, this comic drama is set against the backdrop of the famed company theatres that toured India from the 1940s performing classical and epic drama.
The play explores the life of a famous stage diva, Nazia Sahiba, and her complex relationships with those closest to her. Against the backdrop of the Indian Partition the story moves between the past and the present, revealing hidden resentments, passions, and long suppressed rivalries, as Nazia decides to direct the classic story of Kalidas’s Shakuntala.
The Primetime Theatre Company and writer, Mahesh Dattani’s earlier collaboration was Dance Like a Man, is India’s longest running Indian English play (still running) about two Bharatnatyam dancers past their prime. Here, they return to the same theme looking at what happens to artistes as they get older, and you can’t get big parts anymore!
Featuring a cast of five and among the hottest talent from stage and screen —
Lillete Dubey (Monsoon Wedding; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) Soni Razdan
(Such a long Journey; 36 Chowringhee Lane) Neha Dubey (Monsoon Wedding; Twelfth Night, Albery Theatre), Sid Makker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; Zangoora) Selina Hotwani (East is East; Bride & Prejudice) Where Did I Leave My Purdah “presents a fascinating account of the world of drama and theatre.” Hindustan Times
Bette & Joan meets Bhumika in this story tinged with love, passion and humour.
Where Did I leave My Purdah celebrates the indomitable spirit of the doyennes of Indian theatre, such as Zohra Segal, Uzra Butt and Lalita Pawar.
“Purdah is a polished act, delivered by some of the finest names in theatre today. Even as the curtains came down, the audience were left wanting more.” Times Of India
”A warm, compelling tale whose chief ingredients are passion, drama, love and humour…a salute to the spirit of the theatre” – Bangalore Mirror
Primetime Theatre Company
Where Did I leave my Purdah
Written by Mahesh Dattani
Directed by Lillete Dubey
24 September – 28 September 2013. 7.45pm
(Press Night Wednesday 25 September 7.45pm)
Matinee Sat 28 September. 4pm & Sun 29 Sept.7.30pm
Tickets: £15 (£12.50)
Box Office: 020 8232 1010