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Dara Screening and Panel Discussion
Thu 13 October 2016, 18:00 – 21:15 BST
The Samosa Media Project and URBED are proud to present a film screening of the play Dara, with the kind permission of the National Theatre and Ajoka Theatre. 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 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:
Anwar Akhtar - Director of The Samosa Media Project and production consultant on Dara
Amina Lone - Director of the Social Action and Research Foundation (SARF) and Hulme Ward Councillor
David Rudlin - Director of URBED and The URBED Trust
Peter Tatchell - Daily Telegraph ‘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
Channel 4: Dara, the tale of two Islams, hits the stage
We want everyone to get an experience that is close as possible to watching the play at the theatre! The screening will begin promptly at 6.30 so please allow enough time to arrive, get signed in and settle into your seat before the show starts!
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.