Quick Q&A: India Gate

Where and when: The Questors Theatre, 30th April – 7th May

What it’s all about… A world première of a powerful new play, inspired by India’s fight for freedom, marking 75 years of independence.

This passionate and pertinent new play follows the true-life journey of Edwin and Emily Lutyens and their connection with the Indian community in London and Delhi during the construction of the All India War Memorial (India Gate). Their journey is interwoven with that of the Sikh Martyr Udham Singh, whose extraordinary fight for India’s independence from the British Raj began in 1919 in Amritsar.

Developed by Punjabi Theatre Academy in collaboration with The Questors Theatre, these two companies have brought their unique cultural identities to this multi-faceted production, exploring an important chapter of Anglo-Indian history.

“This thought-provoking production is beautifully staged and acted. It’s one of those plays that leaves you wondering and googling long after it’s finished as the events stay with you. Highly recommend.” – Rupa Huq MP (on the workshop production)

“Incredibly insightful and enjoyable perspective on British and Indian History in the period that led up to the independence.” – Seema Malhotra MP (on the workshop production)

Performed in English, with some Punjabi dialogue for native speakers.

Photo credit: Jane Arnold-Forster

You’ll like it if… You have an interest in international stories, or theatre tackling British colonial past, and how it has impacted our understanding of international cultures and histories. The majority of our cast and creative team are of Indian origin – so if you are interested in hearing stories from the authentic perspective of Indian people, who were impacted by colonial rule, then this is the play for you.  

You should see it because… This is a first-time collaboration between Punjabi Theatre Academy and The Questors Theatre, theatre-makers of Indian and English origin, who have brought their respective cultures to this important true-life story. This run will be its world premiere before it sets off to tour around the UK and India – so this will be your first chance to see the production before it reaches national and international audiences.  

Anything else we should know…: Punjabi Theatre Academy is dedicated to promoting, maintaining and improving understanding of Punjabi cultural and historical roots. It aims to educate in the UK through performance and encouragement of the Arts for a younger generation. The academy has written and performed a growing portfolio of plays in the UK and in Amritsar, Patiala, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Chandigarh, Delhi, and Mumbai in collaboration with Punjabi Natak Academy, Mohali-Chandigarh under the chairmanship of Mr. Uttam Singh, a retired Punjab Government adviser. Film production have also been an important part of the Academy’s achievements.

Where to follow:
Twitter: @questorstheatre
Instagram: @questors_theatre / @punjabitheatreacademyuk

Book here: http://www.questors.org.uk/event.aspx?id=958

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