I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door - or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
LIONS AND TIGERS BY TANIKA GUPTA
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, The Globe Theatre 2017
Based on the true story of her great uncle and freedom fighter Dinesh Gupta, Lions and Tigers is the world premiere of a new play by leading playwright Tanika Gupta. This dramatically relevant and authentic story is set against the backdrop of negotiations between the leaders of the Indian National Congress; the future Prime Minister Nehru wavers between his respect for Gandhi’s non-violence and his admiration for the youthful fervour of the militant Bengali nationalist, Subash Chandra Bose.
Lions and Tigers charts Dinesh Gupta’s emotional and political awakening as this extraordinary 19 year old pits himself against the British Raj. Culminating in actions that shook the foundations of the British Empire, Lions and Tigers challenges our assumptions about Indian independence and offers new insights into the battles between the British lions and the Bengal tigers.
The play gives an insight into the lives of the ordinary men and women struggling to achieve freedom.
Cast: Esh Alladi, Raj Bajaj, Adam Best, Sudha Buchar, Jaz Deol, Tony Jayawardena, Jonathan Keeble, Shalini Peiris, Shubham Saraf.
Set & Costume Design - Rosa Maggiora
Composer & Sound Design - Arun Ghosh
Musicians - Arun Ghosh and Sarathay Korwar
Fight Directors - RC Annie
Movement - Wayne Parsons
Accent Coach - Edda Sharpe
Candle design - Pooja Ghai & Rosa Maggiora
Costume Supervisor - Sydney Florence
Casting Director - Karishma Balani
Assistant Director - Milli Bhatia
★★★★ Financial Times
The storytelling is clear, bright, compelling and often witty
★★★★ The Times
An ambitious driving play
Pooja Ghai’s beautifully judged production..an impressive piece – warm, humourous, stirring and deeply sad
★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ The Upcoming
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