Original program cover

Original program cover

Winner of the CRE Race in the Media Award  (BBC Radio 4 adaptation)

A Yearning (1995)

adapted by Ruth Carter from Federico García Lorca’s Yerma


Amar, a bride from India, yearns for a child but her husband Jaz is too preoccupied with his Birmingham minicab firm to see her loneliness. Faced with Amar’s failure to conceive, the community that was once nurturing becomes increasingly stifling...

A transposition of Lorca's classic to Britain's Punjabi community, A Yearning addresses the plight of a woman married into a society where her real worth is measured by her ability to have children.  Tamasha was delighted that for this production they were able to secure the renowned acting talents of Zohra Segal.

 

“An intelligent, thought-provoking production, opening a surprisingly accurate window into the aims and aspirations of the Punjabi community in our own city.” 
Birmingham Weekly Observer

 

Credits

Director  Kristine Landon-Smith
Designer  Sue Mayes
Lighting Designer  Paul Taylor
Composer & Musical Director  Ansuman Biswas
Literal Translation  Gwenda Pandolfi
Sound Designer  Mike Furness
Original Cast  Riz Abassi, Sudha Bhuchar, Farouque Khan, Surendra Kochar, Archie Panjabi, Zita Sattar, Zohra Segal, Harvey Virdi