plays

Tales of Birbal 900

 

TALES OF BIRBAL

Mashi Theatre. A children’s play based on the Indian Tales of Akbar and Birbal. Spark Children’s Festival, toured Leicester and Northampton schools and libraries. Cast: Rina Fatania and Sukh Kaur Ojla, designed by Sue Pyecroft, music by Arun Ghosh, directed by Trina Haldar 2015. It went on a further, more extensive tour in spring 2017 and will tour again in the autumn of 2017.

 

Aimee Berwick in My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding

 

MY BIG FAT COWPAT WEDDING

Black Country Touring, Kali Theatre rural tour 2014, Southbank London, Alchemy Festival 2015. A comedy about a mixed Asian/White, town/country wedding. Cast: (2014/2015) Aimee Berwick, Sheena Patel, Graeme Rose, Aaron Virdee. (National tour 2016) Graeme Rose, Genevieve Helson, Sukraj Dhillon, Shri Patel.

“full of humour with some great one-liners… but there is also plenty of pathos as we see the family tragedies behind the fixed smiles.” The Stage (2014)

“highly entertaining” Chris Eldon Lee, The Shropsire Review

“The comedy is just so brilliant. Knowing that these stories are based on real events makes everything all the more hilarious.” Tal Fox, A Younger Theatre.

 

Another Paradise Thomas Paine

 

ANOTHER PARADISE

A satirical comedy about a future with Biometric Identity cards. Kali Theatre, Edinburgh 2008. London and tour 2009. Cast: Shelley King, Chand Martinez, Sarah Paul, Karen Mann, Richard Rees, directed by Janet Steel.

Nominated for the John Whiting Award.

admirably slick…striking a fine balance between pointed wit and giddy surrealism. If nothing else, it proves there are worse things than being sent to Coventry – such as never coming back.” 
Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

“thoroughly enjoyable… a good piece of wacky English radicalism” Joyce McMillan. The Scotsman

“Cutting edge drama” Marion McMullen, Coventry Telegraph

“a clever new comedy, consummately performed that raises both laughter and disturbing thoughts” Plymouth Herald

review essay /critical analysis has been written by Dr Btihaj Ajana of King’s College, London, on the subject and themes of Another Paradise.

 

Twelve, Kali Theatre 2015

 

LIKE HAPPY STUFF

A short verbatim play as part of Kali Theatre’s TWELVE. Twelve was a project about honour based violence that consisted of 12 short plays by 12 writers, with music and classical Indian dance. It was originally on at the Tristan Bates Theatre and then in a new production toured London and the Midlands.

 

SHARED MEMORIES

Short plays and monologues based on interviews with older local, indigenous and immigrant communities about their childhoods. Sayan wrote two of these projects, the first was with a group of Asian women in Leicester. The pieces were performed for them at Curve Theatre, Leicester. The second was with the Alevi community in Dalston, London. Their pieces were performed at the Arcola Theatre.

 

Gary Pillai in Endless Light by Sayan Kent - directed by Elizabeth Freestone for Kali Theatre Company - Southwark Playhouse - 17 January 2012

 

ENDLESS LIGHT

Part of Kali Theatre’s Project TAGORE’S WOMEN. It is the story of two Anglo-Indian sisters one an environmentalist and the other the owner of an open cast mine, set during a time of intense climate change. Cast: Goldy Notay, Gary Pillai, Robert Mountford, Rebecca Grant, Manjeet Mann, Dharmesh Patel, directed by Elizabeth Freestone. Southwark Playhouse, 2012.

 

ANTIGONE’S SISTER

The story of Antigone from the sister’s point of view, about what it is to be the one left behind when someone close dies. Written for Birmingham Young Rep, 12-18 year olds.

 

INVISIBLE

This project came in two pieces. The first part consisted of interviews with LGBT BAME women about the impact of their sexuality on their lives within their communities, out of which Sayan wrote a verbatim piece, performed at Midlands Arts Centre. The following year she wrote a new original play, also called INVISIBLE, performed also at Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham.

 

THE CONTRACT

A short comedy about David Cameron’s Big Society. Old Joint Stock. Joint winner Capital Festival of New Writing.

 

THE GOOD COMPANIONS

A musical adaptation by Bob Eaton and Sayan Kent from the novel by J.B. Priestly for a company of ten actor musicians. Originally commissioned by Peter Cheeseman for the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, 1995 and subsequently produced at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry 1998 directed by Bob Eaton; Theatre by the Lake Keswick 2002 directed by Ian Forrest; Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 2003 directed by Pete Rowe.

 

 

SILAS MARNER

Musical adaptation by Bob Eaton and Sayan Kent from the novel by George Eliot. The cast of actor musicians included, Bob Hewis as Silas, Katy Stephens, Ray Burnside, Karl Woolley, Richard Hague, Neil Gore, Howard Gray and a small community cast. Directed by Mark Babych at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

 

Aladdin

 ALADDIN

Traditional pantomime, co-written with Bob Eaton. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 2002.

 

DICK WHITTINGTON

Traditional pantomime, co-written with Bob Eaton. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 2001.

 

MOTHER GOOSE

Traditional pantomime, co-written with Bob Eaton. Cast included Malcolm Boyden as Mother Goose. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 2000.

 

CINDERELLA

By Iain Lachlan and Will Brenton. Co-writer lyrics with Bob Eaton. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

 

KILLING WASPS

A man finds a strange looking woman hiding above the bed in his tiny bedsit. A two hander. Cast: Jimmy Akingbola and Ruth D’Silva, staged reading at Soho theatre and Birmingham Rep.

 

HOUSEWIFE’S CHOICE

Sayan’s short story Radio Drama won a silver medal at the World Radio Oscars in 1992 (the highest scoring in this category) and won a gold medal in the category of Best Directing.

Joint winner of the LAB/LBC New London Playwright’s Award 1991.

 

WITH BOLDtext PLAYWRIGHTS:

THE PREDATOR 

Reading of a new play at Birmingham Rep, Open Door. Directed by Janet Steel.

 

AND BREATHE

A monologue. Part of BOLDtext project Selfies. Birmingham Rep, Open Door, directed by Jessica Dromgoole.

 

HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS

A short play. Part of The Russell Brand Effect: The Morning After. Stories around the general election. Fenella has run up debts, the bailiff who turns up to collect on them is her husband Rick, Shona the lodger is willing to buy them out. Birmingham Rep, Open Door, directed by Ola Animasawan, 2015.

 

HERE

A short love story about a lonely woman who briefly meets a man in the airport shop. Part of Sunstroke, a response to the attack on tourists at Sousse. Directed by Jessica Dromgoole, 2015.

 

ONE SMALL STEP

Three people decide to throw themselves of a bridge at the same spot at the same time. Part of Leap, at Birmingham Rep, Open Door. Directed by Peter Leslie Wild, 2016.

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