A Curve, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production in association with English Touring Theatre

Pink Sari Revolution

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An explosive new drama from “one of the most dynamic playwrights around” (Hindustan Times) Purva Naresh, and internationally renowned journalist Amana Fontanella-Khan (The Guardian, Reuters, Vogue India), Pink Sari Revolution explores the real life struggle of the 400,000-member strong Gulabi Gang and its formidable leader, Sampat Pal.

Instantly recognisable in their blazing pink saris and for campaigning for women’s rights both in India and on an international stage, this true story follows the gang’s investigation into why a young girl has been thrown into prison in the dead of night.

Created by a unique collaboration of Indian, British Asian and international artists led by Curve Associate Director Suba Das (Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya, Wipers, Abigail’s Party) with award-winning, Leicester-based choreographer Aakash Odedra, Pink Sari Revolution fuses together drama, music and movement to retell the powerful and moving story of one girl’s imprisonment, and one woman’s fight for her freedom.

Recommended for ages 15+. Contains strong language and references to sexual and domestic violence. 

Please note latecomers will be admitted at a suitable time during the production.

As part of the evening, you are invited to attend the FREE after-show discussions, with a variety of special guest speakers:

Thu 28 Sep 14.30
Su Marshall
Delivered consent and sexual violence awareness programmes for schools in collaboration with Leicestershire Police.

Thu 28 Sep 19:15
Judith Leary-Joyce
Internationally renowned psychotherapist.

Fri 29 Sep 19:15
Harriet Thorpe
Women’s rights advocate and acclaimed British actor (Absolutely Fabulous, The Brittas Empire, and Cabaret  and Wicked (West End)).

Sat 30 Sep 14:30
Shobu Kapoor
Actress and producer, known for EastEnders (1985), Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj (2006).

Mon 2 Oct 19:15
Two Brown Girls
Cultural influencers Aaminah Patel and Seetal Kaur have been two of the leading voices in the awakening of the South Asian diaspora.

Tue 3 Oct 19:15
Pippa Virdee
Senior Lecturer in Modern South Asian History at De Montfort University.

Wed 4 Oct 19:15
Zinthiya Ganespanchan
Director of the women’s charity, The Zinthiya Trust.

Thu 5 Oct 19:00
Amnesty International East Midlands & Glynis Wright
As a global movement of over 7 million people, Amnesty International is the world’s largest grassroots human rights organisation.
Glynis Wright is the founder of Glynis Wright & Co and is the Head of Practice.

Fri 6 Oct 19:15
Elaine Pantling
A one-woman theatre company that takes ‘everydayness’ and transforms it into a profound and extraordinary performed situation.

Sat 7 Oct 14:30
UAVA
UAVA provides co-ordinated domestic and sexual violence services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland for any male or female over the age of 13

Sat 7 Oct 19:15
Ruth Bates
Development Manager at People Dancing, the foundation for community dance

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SATURDAY ON THE SET
Sat 7 Oct, 10.30am

We would like to invite you – the community – to speak up and respond to this potent and relevant story in a morning of scenes, spoken word, poetry, song, stand-up and any other creative mediums that express your reactions to this piece. For more information about this event, please click here.

Tickets

£18* – £10*
Previews (27 -28 Sep) £10*

DISCOUNTS
£10* Under 16s
£10* 16 – 26 yrs
£10 Under 18 school groups
£2.50 off for over 60s and registered unemployed (2 – 5 Oct only)
£10 for Groups 10+ (2 – 5 Oct only)
15% off for Members and 241 tickets on Tue 3 Oct

ACCESS
For information about Access performances around this production, please click here.

*Plus a transaction fee of £3 for all card payments. Excludes Members, Groups 10+ and e-tickets. Discounts are subject to availability and are only available on certain performances.

Credits & Acknowledgments

Based on the book by Amana Fontanella-Khan
Adapted by Purva Naresh

DIRECTOR
SUBA DAS

DESIGNER
ISLA SHAW

MOVEMENT DIRECTOR
AAKASH ODEDRA

LIGHTING DESIGNER
TIM LUTKIN

SOUND DESIGNER & COMPOSER
NAREN CHANDAVARKAR

FIGHT DIRECTOR
HARUKA KURODA

VOICE COACH
HELEN ASHTON

Sponsored by De-Montfort-University

Supported by PrintArts Council England  UK IN lockups COLOUR

Cast & Creative

Gurkiran Kaur

Constable Shanti

Munir Khairdin

Babuji, Shukla, Munni Lal & Cheddi

Syreeta Kumar

Sampat Pal

Ulrika Krishnamurti

Sheelu, Champa & Rani Dwivedi

Goldy Notay

Asha Dwivedi & Dr. Bhavna Sharma

Ronak Patani

Acche Lal, Deepak & Yadav

Sharan Phull

Geeta