by young Pakistani/British playwright, Saman Shad, and starring
an all-Asian cast, Lingering Voices follows the tale of two Indian
villagers as they confront the developers destroying their village.
However, rather than using physical means, they use Ghandi-esque
tactics, resisting the encroaching development by refusing to leave
their small patch of land.
the rest of the village abandons their homes and allows this once
peaceful part of the world to become a building site, Sita and Haroun
decide to stay on and disrupt the development. But as time passes
they come to realise their fight has consumed everything in their
lives, including their sanity.
on Saman's short play The Call of the Wind, workshopped and read
in June 2004 by the Kali Theatre Company at the Stratford East Theatre,
Lingering Voices draws on Saman's personal experiences of growing
up in Pakistan and the Middle East. It raises issues of identity,
culture and a sense of place and how these are being eroded by the
onslaught of development and globalisation.
public debate raging on immigration and asylum-seekers, Lingering
Voices is particularly pertinent. The play sheds light on some of
the forces behind the displacement and migration of people away
from their homes onto foreign shores, as well as exploring the effects
of noise and chaos on these new urban dwellers.
Voices is the inaugural production of new theatre company, Chand
Aur Sitara Productions. The company has been set up with the purpose
of creating opportunities for Britain's young South Asian communities
to explore and share their heritage through drama and performing
arts. Following the company's Edinburgh production, we plan to further
increase opportunities for the South Asian community by touring
and developing new Asian Diaspora writing.
Voices is directed by Lucy Anne Linger, who can draw on her experiences
of working with the dispossessed across the third world, having
been involved in community theatre production in Ghana and Malawi.
Lucy's directing credits include: The Alchemist, Little Pete (written/directed),
As You Like It, The Tiger, the Boy & the 3 Judges (T.I.E), Comedienne
and The Opera.