Bhuchar Boulevard presents…

Evening Conversations

Written and performed by Sudha Bhuchar

Directed by Philip Osment

‘YOU’RE THE ONE WITH AN IDENTITY CRISIS MUM, NOT US!’

19 MAY 2pm & 7pm

Created with support from Wandsworth Arts Fringe through Wandsworth Grants Fund and with support from Sun Mark Limited.

 
 
 
 

A middle-aged, middle-class, multicultural mum with millennial sons…

This is a meditation on Sudha Bhuchar’s ‘squeezed middle’ life in Wimbledon, as she navigates, career, family & investigates her sense of ‘home’ after returning to India as a Non-Resident Indian. This extended monologue is inspired by evening conversations with her sons as she invites them to share their dreams and views on life over a glass of prosecco or two!

‘I’m not feeling a DMC right now mum.

We never have Deep Meaningful Conversations!

Sudha is privileged to perform at Tara with this new piece- a place which changed her life!        

Created with support from Wandsworth Arts Fringe through Wandsworth Grants Fund.

Audience quotes about the show from ‘work-in-progress’ performance as part of Sampad Arts ‘Sakshi: Telling Her Story’ at MAC Birmingham

In a world of fake news and 'bigging' yourself on Instagram, Sudha Bhuchar provides us with a funny, warm and brutally honest journey. She opens her heart and we laugh, cry and reflect.

Letting go and unmasking the public persona and sharing one’s vulnerability requires great courage but Sudha does it with a grace and humanity that invites the audience to enter into a conversation with themselves

A very moving and funny evening.  Highly recommended  

 Afterwards my friend and I spoke about it for over an hour and then restarted again this morning.

Stories of mothers, children, arrival and that tricky acting business - thank you for sharing. These tales connect to many, no matter age, gender, race or class. #creativecase

We had the most amazing time this evening! What a wonderful woman and extraordinary writing. A touching piece of work that resonated with everyone in the audience!

 

This show is part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 10th Anniversary and I’ll Say it Again! season of work by female artists produced by Tara.

 

Awards include: Asian Women of achievement (2005) and First Women (2010) (with Kristine Landon-Smith);

 Tongues on Fire Flame Award (2018) and finalist as Best Actress in BBC Radio 4 Audio Drama awards 2019, Child of the Divide (Best Stage Production, Asian Media Awards, 2018).

 
 
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Creative Biogs

Philip Osment (Director)

Philip Osment (director)is an award-winning playwright, director, dramaturg, teacher and facilitator. He directed My Name Is ...(Tamasha Theatre 2014/5) written by Sudha Bhuchar. His play Whole won the Writers’ Guild Award for Theatre Play for Young People. Philip directed landmark productions for Gay Sweatshop in the 1980s and for Theatre Centre and Red Ladder in the 1990s. He created and directed Mad Blud (a verbatim play about knife crime) and wrote and co-directed Inside about young fathers in prison) at The Roundhouse for Playing On – a company he set up with his colleague Jim Pope. His subsequent play Hearing Things arising from that company’s work in the arena of mental health was seen most recently at the Omnibus Theatre and he is currently working on the third play for the company.  His 1988 play for Gay Sweatshop This Island’s Mine is being revived in May at the Kings Head Theatre.

 

Sudha Bhuchar

Sudha Bhuchar is an actor/playwright and artistic leader.

Recent Theatre performance credits: The Village (Nadia Fall, Theatre Royal Stratford East) Lions and Tigers (Globe Theatre) and Khandan (Royal Court/Birmingham Rep).

Film credits: Happy New Year, Colin Burstead directed by Ben Wheatley (London Film Festival) & Mary Poppins Returns (2018) and the upcoming American British rap drama, Mughal Mowgli starring Riz Ahmed and directed by Bassim Tariq.

Writing credits include: My Name is… (Tamasha and Radio 4), My Son the doctor (with Saleyha Ahsan-Radio 4), Sisters (collaborating artist- National Theatre Wales), The House of Bilquis Bibi (Tamasha).

Sudha Bhuchar co-founded Tamasha Theatre Company (with Kristine Landon-Smith) and served as co-artistic director for 26 years. 

Landmark collaborations with  Kristine Landon-Smith include Fourteen Songs, Two Weddings and a Funeral (winner of Barclays/TMA Best Musical) & an adaptation of A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. A Fine Balance will be revived in Auckland, New Zealand this summer. Sudha and actor, Shaheen Khan co-wrote Balti Kings (Tamasha) and three series of Girlies (Radio 4). They have transposed Balti Kings to contemporary Australia in a new version called Curry Kings of Parramatta which will open in April.

 

 
 
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