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The latest episode of Curve in Conversation, our monthly podcast, is out now to stream or download, featuring interviews with members of the Finding Home company and creative team as they prepare to stage three brand-new plays from local writers.
Host Martin Ballard spends time in the rehearsal room of the Made at Curve Community Production Finding Home, Leicester’s Ugandan Asian Story at 50 where he speaks with Ninety Days actors Sneya Rajani and Rav Moore, and Choreographer Kesha Raithatha, about their own family connections to the exodus, how the production highlights the endurances and successes of Leicester’s Ugandan Asian community fifty years on, and why it is important to be sharing these stories.
In August 1972, Ugandan President Idi Amin ordered the country’s Indian and Pakistani communities to leave within 90 days. Many of the displaced were British citizens and, as a result, around 27,000 people emigrated to the UK, with thousands settling in Leicester. Finding Home marks the 50th anniversary of the Ugandan Asian Exodus with three short plays by writers whose families arrived in the UK from Uganda – Ruka, Ninety Days and Call Me By My Name.
Ninety Days explores the tensions and loyalties of two couples caught on opposing sides of Idi Amin’s ninety-day deadline, and plays as part of a double bill alongside Call Me By My Name.
A heartfelt story of identity, Call Me By My Name reflects on just how much of who a person was – and is – can be found in a name, as two siblings recollect their arduous journey fleeing Uganda.
Ruka, meanwhile, explores the history of Ugandan Asians coming to Leicester in a fast and furiously fun new way for children 6+.
All three plays can be caught at Curve until Saturday 6 August. To find out more and book now, visit www.curveonline.co.uk/whats-on/?festival-filter=finding-home.