A Fine Balance

Adapted by Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-Smith from the novel by Rohinton Mistry


India 1975, and a callous government declares a State of Emergency.

In these uncertain times, Dina Dalal – a spirited Parsi widow determined to avoid a second marriage – takes a student boarder and two Hindu tailors into her ramshackle flat.

As the Emergency's forbidding policies bring chaos to the city, the four strangers, whose lives have become inextricably linked, find themselves crossing divides of caste, class and religion to form the most unexpected of friendships. 

Tamasha's adaptation of Rohinton Mistry's Booker shotlisted novel enjoyed two sell-out runs at Hampstead Theatre.

Produced in association with Hampstead Theatre

“Magnificent...as honest a piece of drama as one could hope for”
Sunday Telegraph

”Breathtaking... it is what every play that describes itself as “wide-ranging” aims at, but only a few actually achieve”
New Statesman


Director  Kristine Landon-Smith
Designer  Sue Mayes
Original Score  Felix Cross
Movement  Lawrence Evans
Lighting Design  Natasha Chivers
Sound Design  Mike Furness
Puppetry  Lyndie Wright

Cast (2007)  Saikat Ahamed, Sagar Arya, Sudha Bhuchar, Rina Fatania, Talyan Halici, Tony Jayawardena, Divian Ladwa, Amit Sharma

Cast (2006)  Sagar Arya, Sudha Bhuchar, Shiv Grewal, Divian Ladwa, Narinder Samra, Amit Sharma, Rehan Sheikh, Sameena Zehra