Evening Conversations

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

A brand new work-in-progress including a post-show discussion with experienced playwright and actress Sudha Bhuchar.

A middle-aged, middle-class, multicultural mum with millennial sons, this light hearted work-in-progress is a meditation on Sudha Bhuchar’s ‘squeezed middle’ life in Wimbledon, as she navigates her sense of ‘home’, friendships, family and returning to India as a Non-Resident Indian. Told through fragments & monologues, this piece is inspired by evening conversations over Aperol spritzers!

Writer/performer: Sudha Bhuchar.
Director: Philip Osment. Running time: 60mins plus 30min discussion. Suitable for ages 10+

About the artists

Sudha Bhuchar 

Sudha Bhuchar is an actor/playwright and artistic leader and founder of Bhuchar Boulevard, a theatre company connecting across difference to touch the heart. The company’s inaugural show, Child of the Divide toured across UK in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Eastern Eye, Arts & Cultural Award and received the Best Stage Production award at the Asian Media Awards.

Recent Theatre performance credits: The Village (Nadia Fall inaugural show, Theatre Royal Stratford East) Lions and Tigers (Globe Theatre) and Khandan (Royal Court/Birmingham Rep).

TV appearances include Coronation Street (ITV, 2016) & Eastenders (BBC).

Film credits: Happy New Year, Colin Burstead directed by Ben Wheatley (London Film Festival, 2018 & UK release & BBC over Xmas). She will make her first Disney appearance in Mary Poppins Returns (2018).

Sudha Bhuchar co-founded Tamasha Theatre Company (with Kristine Landon-Smith) and served as co-artistic director for 26 years. Writing credits include: Fourteen Songs, Two Weddings and a Funeral (winner of Barclays/TMA Best Musical), an adaptation of A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, Strictly Dandia , The House of Bilquis Bibi (Lorca’s play transposed to Pakistan) and the acclaimed My Name is… and Sisters, (National Theatre, Wales) with artists from India.

Philip Osment

Philip Osment (director) is an award-winning playwright, director, dramaturg, teacher and facilitator. He directed My Name is … (Tamasha Theatre 2014/5) written by Sudha Bhuchar. His play Whole won the Writers’ Guild Award for Theatre Play for Young People. Philip directed landmark productions for Gay Sweatshop in the 1980s and for Theatre Centre and Red Ladder in the 1990s. He created and directed Mad Blud (a verbatim play about knife crime) and wrote and co-directed Inside (about young fathers in prison) for his company Playing On at The Roundhouse. He has also directed for the National Theatre Studio, Bristol Old Vic and three productions for Graeae.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a Sakshi event. Sakshi is a special new strand of Sampad projects which tell the stories of women. Find out more about Sakshi here.

In partnership with Bhuchar Boulevard.

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