Voices – Programme

Series nameProductions: Asian Voices

This programme includes a brief summary of the seven, interwoven short pieces written by Dominic Rai, which provided a glimpse into historical and contemporary passages of British South Asians. The play included ‘Let Me Speak’, a reading in Punjabi and English); ‘Love Story’, about a mother with her new born child entering a depressing world ridden with crime; ‘Soldier’, profiling an Indian soldier in the trenches of France during the First World War; ‘Revolutionary’, featuring the story of Madan Lal Dhingra, the revolutionary/freedom fighter who killed Sir Curzon Wyllie, an aide to the Secretary of State for India in 1909; ‘Maharaja of Hollywood’, a comical, mocking look at the Indian Maharaja’s lavish lifestyle and ‘Heroine’, which portrayed the Grunwick strike in 1976 led by Jeyaben Desai.

Date of Creation / Publication1993 - 1994
CreatorMán Melá Theatre Company
Associated Person/ OrganisationRai, Dominic
Collection and Reference NumberMán Melá Theatre Company Collection (GB 2661 MM)
Catalogue NumberMM/PRO/AV/1
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or the associated person or organisation where applicable.
Access to originalsThe originals are located at SADAA
Series notesIn 1993, Mán Melá’s artistic director, Dominic Rai, commenced work on Asian Voices, its first production, which came to the stage in 1994. It featured seven significant drama pieces which collectively weaved together stories from British South Asian history. The cast involved were Rezaul Kabir, Rachel Chaterjee, John-Lloyd Stephenson, Kanan Bala Kapur, Aysen Yilmaz, Beanie and Dominc Rai. The material in this file includes photographs, programmes and an article on the production by writer Tanika Gupta.
Collection notesThe Mán Melá Theatre Company Collection consists of digitised material pertaining to Mán Melá’s productions and its audience and project development work since 1993. The items include production and workshop photographs, flyers and information-based programmes.