A newly commissioned play from Sampad, as part of MAC’s Celebrating Age programme.
This show is for audiences of all ages, to explore and promote positivity towards ageing and continued creative engagement.
In this light-hearted duologue, a fading Bollywood star struggles to reconcile how she sees herself, versus how the world perceives her in age. Sparks fly as her younger self arrives to question her memories, and to suggest that maybe it’s time to slow down and embrace ageing. Written in English, this production features interludes of Hindi music and dance, and will open and close with newly commissioned dance performances from Aruna Kailey.
Dates: Friday 17th and Saturday 18th December 2021
Times: 2pm and 5pm each day
Venue: Foyle Studio at MAC
Tickets: £5 (plus £1 commission)
Run time: 50 minutes
Queen Of Hearts is a partnership between Sampad and MAC Birmingham.
Cast, Alex Kapila
Alex is an actor, presenter, voice over artist and performer, who most recently worked with Sampad to play the role of The Psychiatrist in No Bond So Strong.
Other theatre credits include Blue Prints (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Humans At Work (Warwick Arts Centre); What Fatima Did (Derby Theatre); Food Bank As It Is (Tour); The Community Centre (Tour); Dirty Poetry (The Phoenix); Jane Eyre (The Attic Theatre); Dickens’ Ghost Stories (Blue Orange Theatre); Fémage a Trois (Tour); Rarer Than Rubies (Theatre 503); Cabaret Of Blood (Wales Millennium Centre), and Private Lives, The Deep Blue Sea, and Cyrano de Bergerac (The Bear Pit Theatre).
Cast, Sheetal Kapoor
Sheetal is an actor for theatre, film and radio. Credits include The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Lesson, Gauhar Jaan: The Datia Incident, Silent Sisters-Brothers Unhinged, Where Did God Go?, Orange Juice, One Year Off, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest and One Good Man.
In film Sheetal has appeared in Temporary Glitch, A Suitable Husband, Guilty Pleasures, The Intent, How to Avoid a Rishta, Rita is Missing, Rukhsati and Crash House, and in radio plays Midnight’s Children, Call Transcript and The Jungle Book.
Writer, Rukhsana Ahmad
Rukhsana Ahmad is a writer, playwright and translator. She has worked successfully across genres and cultures, avoiding easy categorisation as a writer.
Her first full-length play, Song for a Sanctuary, opened at the Lyric Hammersmith in London and toured the regions. Nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn International Prize, it was followed by a BBC Radio 4 version. Since then she has written and adapted a number of plays for the stage, for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service Drama and three screenplays.
Her play, River on Fire opened at the Lyric Hammersmith to brilliant reviews and is a runner-up for the Susan Smith-Blackburn International Prize for 2002.
In 2007 the Vayu Naidu Company presented Mistaken: Annie Besant in India at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, at regional UK venues and the Cochrane Theatre, London. From December 2007 to January 2008 the show toured India, playing to audiences in Delhi, Allahabad and Chennai.
Director, Harmage Singh Kalirai
Harmage trained as an actor at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London, the Ladislav Fialka Mime School in Prague and École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris.
He works as a professional actor in TV, Film, Radio and Theatre and also freelances as a director and producer. He is known for Mischief Night (2006), A Very British Coup (1988) and Spooks (2002). He directed the film Chicken Tikka Masala (2005) with Chris Bisson, Saeed Jaffrey and Jamila Massey.
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