Sassa for Southall – UB1/UB2
A Sikh woman's interfaith wedding at her local gurdwara stirs up serious conflicts of faith.
Growing up in the predominantly Asian town of Southall, West London, I began writing to give the characters of under-represented communities like my own a voice, to express their worlds, a bigger world and their unique place within it. Both my first play ZAMEEN (2008), about a cotton farming family in globalising Punjab and second KABBADIKABBADIKABBADI (2012), about kabaddi players in 1936 Punjab and Punjabi immigrants in London, embarked on national UK tours. I received the 2013 Adopt A Playwright Award to develop MADE IN INDIA, a play about East-West surrogacy set in a fertility clinic in Gujarat, India. As Writer-in-Residence at the Centre for Family Research (University of Cambridge), part of the NEW FAMILIES collaboration between the CFR, Tamasha Theatre and youth theatre Generation Arts, HALF OF ME, about young people born by Assisted Reproductive Technologies was recently performed at the Lyric Studio, Hammersmith. MADE IN INDIA will be accompanied by HALF OF ME at select venues on a UK tour in early 2017.