Dara: Free Screening & Panel Discussion
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.
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. Read more about Dara using the press links below:
This free screening of the film made of this exciting play is co-sponsored by The Leadership, Religion, and Society Project at the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, one of the leading global institutes for innovative, multidisciplinary research on the Bible.
After the screening, there will be a panel Q&A where SIIBS Honorary Professor Adam Dinham, Dr Anna Piela, and Dara co-producer Anwar Akhtar will answer questions from the audience and discuss the implications of this play for contemporary society.
(Photo credit: Ellie Kurttz)