This Summer, to mark 50 years of the Ugandan Asian exodus, we’re celebrating our Ugandan Asian community in Leicester with a special project – Finding Home: Leicester’s Ugandan Asian Story at 50.

 

The plays

Meet our writers

Chandni Mistry

Chandni Mistry is an actress and writer living in Leicester. Chandni has a passion for creating diverse, engaging and interactive family theatre. She has written and performed in her family show ‘Roti Moon’ which will be touring this year . Her acting credits include, George’s Marvellous Medicine (Curve, Leicester and Rose Theatre Kingston), Maharajah and the Kohinoor (UK and USA tour), Stig of the Dump (West End).

Ashok Patel

My background is in the biomedical sciences and I teach at Birmingham City University. My introduction to the arts was through writing and performing stand-up comedy in the late 1990s in and around London. My short play Jeevan saathi; Life partner was one of three short plays under the title The Cornershop (The Hawth Theatre, Crawley 2000, directed by Dominic Rai) with national tour in 2001. I have written a BBC R4 afternoon play, Jeevan saathi; Life partner directed by Vanessa Whitburn and broadcast in September 2002.

 

I have been involved in projects working with communities to write scripts based on their stories resulting in the short films Obsession (Sampad, 2003), Chahana (Arts in Sandwell, 2004) and short play Multicultural? (Arts in Sandwell, 2006).  I have written the script for a short film Cathy and I (Script and Lighthouse, 2006) which was winner of RTA Award 2005 and short-listed for the Satyajit Ray Film Festival 2006.

 

My play Ninety days was showcased as a rehearsed reading at the Midlands Arts Centre in 2018. I have had two short stories published, Ninety days (in anthology Dividing Lines, Dahlia Publishing 2017) and Milly (WMRN, 2018). Writer of monologue Maa for Broadcasts of Interuptions: 5 Pandemic Stories (Sampad, 2021).

Dilan Raithatha

I am born and bred in Leicester and was a part of local acting group ‘Urban Young Actors’ for 4 years before becoming a part of Curve Young Company in 2014. I graduated in Acting at Arts University Bournemouth and after moving back to Leicester, I decided to write my first full length script about my hometown called “Little India”.  In 2021, ‘Little India’ had won the ‘Masterclass Pitch Your Play Award’ in association with Theatre Royal Haymarket and was showcased in the west-end theatre in October of the same year. I have accepted a place on Bush Emerging Writers Group 2021 and look forward to showcasing a newly written play at Bush Theatre in Spring 2022. I also have monologues that will be published in “Hear Me Now: Volume 2” in association with Tamasha Theatre which will be released in 2022.