Bhuchar Boulevard presents…
Written and performed by Sudha Bhuchar
Directed by Philip Osment
‘YOU’RE THE ONE WITH AN IDENTITY CRISIS MUM, NOT US!’
Wimbledon Bookfest, October 6th 2019 at 18:30
Sunday 6th October 2019, 6.30pm-7.30pm (followed by Q&A 7.30-8pm hosted by award winning author, Sita Brahmachari)
Robert Graves Gallery
Tickets £10 + booking fee
Tel booking is available Mon-Fri 10am-1pm Call 020 8076 0811
What’s it like to be a “cultural leader” who has created many successes only to find you have to begin again…….and again? What’s it like to reach a certain age and a certain status then to revisit your life, to take stock, to reassess?
Middle class, middle aged multicultural mother of millennium sons, Sudha Bhuchar lives a “squeezed middle” life in Wimbledon. As she navigates her friendships, family and returning to India as a Non-Resident Indian, the acclaimed playwright/actor and artistic director is prompted to investigate her own sense of home and her place in the world.
Evening Conversations is a warm-hearted and engaging extended monologue inspired by Sudha’s evening conversations with her sons, as she invites them to share their dreams and views on life over a glass of Prosecco or two. Written and performed by Sudha, the work scrutinises the tendency we have to re-evaluate our lives as we grow older, discusses the complexity of identity and difference through the experiences that we share and takes a wry and affectionate look at the differences of perspective and outlook that divide us from our parents’ and our children’s generations.
Sudha will be presenting Evening Conversations at the Wimbledon Bookfest, after the wonderful collaboration in 2016 with the schools’ performances of her acclaimed play, Child of the Divide.
The show is evolving and has delighted audiences at MAC in Birmingham and Tara Arts as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 10th Anniversary and I’ll Say it Again! season of work by female artists produced by Tara.
Here is what some of the audience had to say:
Full of truth and beauty. It was really brave. My mum kept on poking me- you’ve given her a lot of ammo! - Riz Ahmed, Actor, Tara Arts
Wonderfully ebullient, witty, at times wickedly funny and poignantly political, this is a show that crosses ages, cultures, and generations for what is so winning about Sudha’s conversation with us is that it lets us in on not just her thoughts but the pugnacious, deflating ones of her two adult sons, Samar and Sinan. Utterly delightful, and so, so timely. - Carole Woddis, Journalist, Tara Arts
Evening conversations literally warmed my soul. -Audience member, Tara Arts
Brilliant monologue, didn’t want it to end. - Audience member, Tara Arts.
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 , - Audience member, MAC
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! - Audience member, MAC
Awards include: Eastern Eye ACTA (2019), 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).
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 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.