A CURVE, BELGRADE THEATRE COVENTRY AND WATFORD PALACE THEATRE CO-PRODUCTION

Wipers

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“We eat together, we fight together, we die together.”

October 1914, Ypres, Belgium. The British forces, bolstered by huge numbers of volunteer soldiers from across the Empire have suffered massive casualties in one of the first bloody battles of The Great War.

As a sole survivor on the battlefield holds off the advancing enemy troops, a group of South Asian and British soldiers seek refuge in an abandoned barn. Over the course of a single night, this group of men must confront their fears and find a way to come together if they are to survive.

Inspired by the real life story of Khuddadad Khan, the first South Asian soldier to be awarded a Victoria Cross for his extraordinary bravery at the First Battle of Ypres, this explosive new play by acclaimed playwright Ishy Din honours the contribution of the million South Asian soldiers who fought alongside their British brothers during the First World War; and is directed by Curve Associate Director Suba Das.

RUNNING TIME:
90 mins (no interval)

AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION
Thu 21 Apr 2.30pm

Credits & Acknowledgments

WRITER ISHY DIN
DIRECTOR SUBA DAS
DESIGNER ISLA SHAW

LIGHTING DESIGNER PREMA MEHTA
SOUND DESIGNER JON NICHOLLS

Rehearsal and Production photography: Pamela Raith

Reviews

Cast & Creative

Jassa Ahluwalia

Thomas

Waleed Akhtar

Ayub

Sartaj Garewal

A.D.

Simon Rivers

Sadiq