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Princess Suffragette

BY LONDON GREY & GREEN THEATRE COMPANY

Theatre. 22nd – 26th Feb, 21:30, £12.
Matinee 25th Feb, 16:45

A contemporary (re)telling of Princess Sophia Duleep Singh’s journey, from her aristocratic upbringing as the daughter of an exiled Maharajah, to her political awakening as the first British-Asian Suffragette.

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Princess Suffragette is a contemporary (re)telling of one woman’s journey entailing personal transformation, collective bravery and political defiance in the early 20th century.

Raised within the British aristocracy to be the perfect Princess, Sophia Duleep Singh has a charmed childhood tinged with tragedy. When she finally visits her father’s former Indian Kingdom as a young woman, she begins to unravel hidden family truths. With a new-found awareness of her past and circumstances, she questions her identity and shifts her energy towards much worthier causes, campaigning both against British Imperialism and for women’s Suffrage.

This true story is brought to life by versatile performers embodying a variety of performance styles, bold imagery, and an eclectic soundtrack of modern Asian-fusion music. This inventive new play about identity, risk and heart, twists our notions of feminism and explores defining moments of British and Indian history, through the eyes of an extraordinary woman at the centre of it all.

Praise for previous London Grey & Green Theatre Company productions:
‘Gutsy visuals and strong performances’ – The Stage on A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light
‘London Grey & Green Theatre Company will go far’ ★★★★ – Female Arts on City Shorts
‘Challenging and passionate new writing’ – A Younger Theatre on City Shorts

Praise for Stateless by Subika Anwar-Khan:
‘A remarkably mature play […] a pitch perfect script’ ★★★★ – The Independent
‘The superbly written script […] gives us drama, humour and an all round excellent hour.’ ★★★★ – LondonTheatre1
‘Sometimes, the elements of a show come together so well you want everyone to see it. That happened to me last night watching the Kali Theatre production of Subika Anwar’s play Stateless.’ – British Theatre Guide

Founded in 2013, London Grey & Green is a young theatre company dedicated to producing intelligent and provocative new writing with at least 50% female representation. We have staged three successful productions independently: A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light, a new play by Ben Maier, (ZOO Southside, Edinburgh & Rosemary Branch, London) and two collections of short plays: City Shorts (Rosemary Branch) and City Slices & Country Crumbs (Hen & Chickens). The company has been invited to present other work at Secret Garden Party (2013) and The Big Noise Festival (2014).

Artistic Director Charlie Ely’s freelance directing credits include Define, Cyber-Babies (Park Theatre) and House Proud (Southwark Playhouse). She is Associate Director of Peaceful Lion Productions, which creates high-quality theatre for family audiences; most recently she directed Orion and the Dark (UK Tour, 2016) and was associate director on Nutcracker! The Musical (Pleasance, London, 2015-16). Charlie has an MA in Theatre Studies (RCSSD) and a BA in Drama Studies and English Literature (University of Sussex); training includes selection for a week-long workshop with director Katie Mitchell at the Young Vic.

Playwright Subika Anwar-Khan is a playwright and actor, currently an Associate Playwright at Curve Theatre, Leicester. Her first full-length play Stateless, was commissioned by Kali Theatre (Tristan Bates, 2016) and received 4 stars from The Independent. Subika has developed new scripts with companies including The Royal Court, Nottingham Playhouse, The Roundhouse, Royal and Derngate, Tamasha Theatre and The Birmingham Rep, and has completed playwriting courses with Hightide and Soho Theatre. She is also developing a one-woman show with Camden People’s Theatre and Hopscotch – an Asian Women’s charity. She is represented by Kitson Press Literary Agency. For further information visit: www.subikaanwar.wordpress.com

Creative Team:
Playwright – Subika Anwar-Khan
Director and dramaturg – Charlie Ely
Set & Costume Design – Emily Bestow
Lighting Design – Sarah McColgan
Sound Design – Suren Seneviratne aka My Panda Shall Fly

Cast:
Jessica Andrade
Navinder Bhatti
Avita Jay
Megan McKie-Smith

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