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Dara film screening
Thu 23 March 2017, 13:30 – 17:00 GMT
You are invited to a film screening of the play Dara, with the kind permission of the National Theatre and Ajoka Theatre Pakistan.
Dara was seen by more than 30,000 people over 36 performances in 2015, and was the first time a work by a Pakistani theatre company (Ajoka Theatre) had been adapted and staged by the National Theatre. Dara is a portrayal of the seventeenth century Moghul royals the Shah Jahan family, and addresses historic debates around religious freedom and practice. It stimulated much public discussion on issues of culture, history and religious tolerance.
In response to the hugely positive press and audience reception, the National Theatre made a film of the full live performance, for cultural, educational and arts festival screenings.
The screening will be followed by a Q & A with: Tanya Ronder adapter and writer of Dara and Anwar Akhtar Production consultant to both National Theatre and Ajoka Theatre.
Dara’s Creative Team included Shahid Nadeem writer at the Ajoka Theatre; Nadia Fall, director at the National Theatre, Tanya Ronder, writer and adapter at the National Theatre and Anwar Akhtar production consultant to the Ajoka Theatre Lahore and the National Theatre. Screening organised by Newham Council and Samosa media www.thesamosa.co.uk
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Dara in the press:
Dara: the tale of two Islams hits the stage
That ‘every child in Britain should see the National’s latest play: it can reach people that political debate cannot’ The courtroom dialogue is as riveting, tense and chilling as any trial dramatisation I’ve ever seen; rivalling the scenes in To Kill a Mockingbird
The story of Dara, the newest production to take to the boards at the National Theatre, begins thousands of miles away from the concrete jungle of London’s South Bank.
Where do we find stories about Pakistan… that also affect us in Britain? That’s a question outgoing NT artistic director Nicholas Hytner asked, and this is the epic and often highly affecting response. A magnificently ambitious project. The best scene by far – and one it’s easy to imagine will be studied in schools – is when Dara is brought before the Sharia court in Delhi, and is forced to prove that he is a true Muslim.