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Umrao Jaan – Circle of Light (Work in Progress Sharing & Q&A)

Umrao Jaan - Circle of Light, Poplar Union, Tamarind Theatre Co., Mukul And Ghetto Tigers, childrens theatre, Bengali theatre, Brady Arts Centre, East London, Things to do
Umrao Jaan - Circle of Light, Poplar Union, Tamarind Theatre Co., Mukul And Ghetto Tigers, childrens theatre, Bengali theatre, Brady Arts Centre, East London, Things to do

Tamarind Theatre and Mukul And Ghetto Tigers invites you to Umrao Jaan – Circle of Light, a work-in-progress sharing performed in a vibrant mix of languages including English, Urdu and Hindi.

What to expect

Inspired by the story of the famous courtesan dancer poet, Umrao Jaan and her journey through betrayal, tragedy and forgiveness, this work in progress was divised by Rez Kabir and Sandeep Garcha.

The development of the show and the work in progress sharing will seek to enquire on women’s equality and rights, as well as women’s needs in contemporary society. Told through storytelling, music, song and dance, the project hopes to engage audiences in much needed debate on forgiveness and social healing.

This work in progress sharing follows Tamarind Theatre and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers’ research and development residency at Poplar Union. On 11 July, there will be a workshop for actors exploring the themes of the show. This is by invitation only, however, if you would like to take part, please get in touch with Rez Kabir via email: rezthestoryteller@gmail.com.

Find out more: Tamarind Theatre | Mukul and Ghetto Tigers

Reviews:

The play was a flawless delivery and dance of languages, love and of loss and societal pressures, and a sensorial delight. And I think I just fell in love with this classic all over again. A huge warm congratulations to Mukul for giving us a play which reaches beyond what Shakespeare wrote, and transforms it into a new timeless ode to love and loss.”  Romeo & Juliet (Mukul And Ghetto Tigers) – Reviewer Rahima Begum in Shroomatics for Season of Bangla Drama

“…a lively adaptation of a tale from the Panchatantra (South Asian folktales) is suitable for children 3 or 4 and upwards and parents. The play is full of singing, dancing and bright national costumes. The storyteller Rez is amazing, he alone can keep attention of audience. The female dancer is remarkable and has amazing flexibilty. I can honestly say even only these two characters can make this play interesting and complete.” – The Two Headed Bird (Tamarind Theatre Co 2015)

It gains in pace and urgency”
a show that captures all the glee of young love’ People’s Romeo” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian (Mukul And Ghetto Tigers)

I really enjoyed this show, was so funny and spoke to all of us” – The Bat Where Do I belong? Sussex & Womad Festival 2016, 2017 – Audience member

Family Arts Standards, Fantastic for Families, Poplar, London, family friendly, things to do with the kids, community

Fri 12 July 4pm-5pm

Free
Age range: all ages

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