WORLD PREMIERE OF JONATHAN BROWN’S HAUNTING PLAY OF OUR OWN MAKING
The season also features one world premiere, eleven plays, one children’s work, a folk opera, dance theatre and a selection of comedy and music performances
Writer and performer Pariah Khan brings his one man show, An Indian Abroad to Tara Theatre from 24 – 26 January. Spinning the traditional ‘gap yah’ adventures on its head to great comic effect, the show tells the story of Krishnan, a middle-class Indian, coming to Britain for his “spiritual” fulfilment.
The world premiere of Jonathan Brown’s haunting new play Of Our Own Making opens on 30 January for a three-week run. Five people from very different walks of life meet each other in the darkest of circumstances – are they bound on the dangerous path towards extremism?
Tara Arts and Polka Theatre present the first ever stage adaptation of The Panchatantra (India’s Aesop’s Fables) in the UK, Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree, by Shamser Sinha, directed by Tara Arts’ Artistic Director Jatinder Verma. Part of a UK wide tour, this children’s piece for ages 7 – 12 follows three orphans who open a magical book under a Banyan tree. Stories of a headstrong crow, a brave mongoose and a tortured tiger are brought to life with masks, movement and music. The tour visits Tara Theatre during half term from 20 – 23 February.
Two Gents Productions return to Tara with their hilarious take on Oscar Wilde’s classic The Importance of Being Earnest from 27 February – 16 March. While it normally takes nine white people to perform, here two black women perform the entire play. Embracing wild wit, deft humour, role swapping and banter with the audience, they unfurl a riot of love, confusion and high jinks.
Other theatrical highlights of the season include The Dark by Nick Makoha and FUEL, which follows the story of a 4 year old boy and his mother escaping a country divided by dictatorship and consumed by conflict (8 – 10 January), Akeim Toussaint Buck’s new dance theatre show Windows of Displacement which explores diverse identities in today’s England (18 January), In Other Words an intimate, humorous and deeply moving love story that explores the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and the transformative power of music in our lives (10 February), Under The Umbrella, a compelling new play by Amy Ng set between Coventry and Guangzhou which explores tradition, trauma and triumph in the art of finding love (26 – 30 March)
Fake News from actor, writer and journalist Osman Baig which explores the very real story of how our media is created and how it’s responding to the extraordinary times we live in (11 – 13 April), Brexit, which follows a father and son on either side of the debate as they argue it out, traversing the grotesque to the surreal until they cast their vote (17 – 18 April), Kemp’s Jig, the true story of Shakespeare’s clown and his Morris dance from London to Norwich (22- 23 April), The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Kean which celebrates the spirit of one of the most unique talents that British theatre has ever produced (24 – 25 April) and Ellen Too Human to be Divine – Eileen Page’s brilliant presentation of the great Shakespearean actress, Ellen Terry (26 – 27 April).
Musical highlights include Macedonian Inspirations (19 January), An Evening with the Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir (22 – 23 January) and a folk opera by Neil Gore and John Kirkpatrick, Rouse! Ye Women, which highlights the plight of the low paid, female chain-makers of Cradley Heath in 1910. Led by Mary Reid Macarthur, hundreds of women went on strike to secure a living wage (19 – 23 March).
Tara’s hugely popular comedy staple The Funny Side has three different nights, each showcasing some of the best performers from Britain’s comedy circuit compered by Gareth Kane as well as a Bring Your Own Baby comedy show (3 April).
Artistic Director Jatinder Verma says: “Where else in London will you find an Indian abroad talking to Edmund Kean? Our new season celebrates the connected worlds that form our modern experience – from new play An Indian Abroad to the events marking Shakespeare’s birthday, I am delighted we will be hosting such a wide range of talented artists bringing their stories to Earlsfield, helping make it the centre of a connected world!”