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Whose Sari Now? 6th October to 10th December 2016

Event Details

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    Various Locations

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  • Date

    Saturday 17th December 2016


Six yards of cloth, wound round tight
Or draped seductively
Or practically, for breastfeeding
Or pulled between thighs to walk like a man
Or wildly thrown together, with Doc Martin boots
A modest proposal or a political act or a defiant one

At turns funny and poignant, domestic and political, Whose sari Now? is a multifaceted show that looks at the sari from fresh and unexpected ways.

Heading the Manchester based Rasa Productions is Malaysia born & raised Rani Moorthy, a Sri Lankan Tamil playwright & actress. She will play all the 5 characters in the play; from an old Asian woman whose saris are like her second skin, a young mother giving birth in a war zone wrapping her twin babies in her wedding sari, a Malaysian historian connects the sari with mythology, a transgender person reflects on his girlfriend’s sari obsession, a low caste weaver drapes the sari on a member of the audience who she is conditioned to believe is more worthy and a character who contemplates her relationship with the sari in her final hours.

Whose Sari Now?
will have a rich and eclectic visual style, creating mood, context and by turns augmenting and challenging the action. The specially created music is drawn from a variety of influences including classical Indian Carnatic music, pop, hip-hop, Tamil rap, Malay instrumentation, western classical and contemporary music.

“Rarely have I seen such talent or such intimate contact with the pulse of this nation” The Independent on Curry Tales

“An incomparable storyteller” The Guardian

rani moorthy

TOUR DATES
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Thursday 6th October
Black Gold Arts Festival
7.30pm
Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA
www.contactmcr.com | 0161 274 0600

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Friday 7th & Saturday 8th October
Warwick Arts Centre
7.45pm
University Of Warwick, CV4 7Al
www.warwickartscentre.co.uk | 024 7652 4524

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Monday 17th October
Oldham Library
2.30pm & 7.00pm
Cultural Quarter, Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1AL
www.oldham.spydus.co.uk

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Wednesday 19th & 20th October
Key Theatre
7.45pm
Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF
www.vivacity-peterborough.com | 01733 207 239

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Saturday 22nd October
Cast (Second Space)
7.45pm
Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
www.castindoncaster.com | 01302 303 959

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Thursday 27th October
Djanogly Theatre
7.30pm
Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
www.lakesidearts.org.uk | 0115 846 777

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Friday 28th October
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre (Main Theatre)
7.30pm
Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3LS
www.queenshall.co.uk | 01434 652 477

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Thursday 10th
— Saturday 12th November
Courtyard Theatre
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP
www.wyp.org.uk | 0113 213 7700

Thursday 10th November 7.45pm
Friday 11th November 7.45pm (plus post show)
Saturday 12th November 2.30pm & 7.45pm
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Thursday 24th November
— Saturday 17th December 2016
Matinee & Evening Performances available (2.30pm & 7.30pm)
Gerry’s Studio
Theatre Royal Stratford East
Gerry Raffles Square, London, E15 1BN
www.stratfordeast.com | 020 8534 0310