Fri 8th - Sat 30th Apr 2016
★★★★ ‘Powerful new drama exploring the lives of India's transgender hijra community’ Time Out
'... Thrilling and brilliantly written and produced piece of theatre... Drama, sass, and striking production, The House of In Between is a crucial and sensational show'
Grumpy Gay Critic
'A story beautifully told with unabated passion where lies, love and life are taken by the scruff of the neck and given a firm shake'.
The place is India and the time now. Hijras are the third gender and they were once revered across Ancient Asia and Arabia. In today’s world they still follow their old ways; living in Hijra ‘communities’ where they dance, entertain and earn their living bestowing blessings on newlyweds and new-borns.
Uma is the leader of such a clan in Patna, the second largest city in eastern India. She is determined to protect her House, the Hijras who live there and celebrate the millennia-old traditions of their way of life. One day a stranger arrives in need of help and the community open their doors, and indeed their heart to help. But this act of charity leads to an explosive chain of events that no-one could imagine, leaving Uma fighting to hold her family together at any cost.
With traditional Indian dance and music, the modern world meets mystical India in this brand new play that reveals the actions some people are willing to take to love, live and fight for life!
Age guidance: 16 yrs+ Parental discretion recommended. This play contains adult themes and scenes of sexual violence.
‘Pooja Ghai’s lively production… an exciting mainstage debut’
British Theatre Guide
‘A ravish of sight and spirit: astronomical. You MUST go’
Grumpy Gay Critic
‘Gary Wood sets the stage alight with star quality’
‘Seeta Patel’s spellbinding dances’
'Performances by the whole cast are engaging and charismatic and the visually arresting world that director Pooja Ghai, lighting designer James Whiteside, set and costume designer Diego Pitarch and choreographer Seeta Patel create consistently engages'
The Morning Star
Join us for our Post Show Q&A session on Tues 26 Apr with Tanika Gupta on the main stage with members of the cast and creative team.
Writer Sevan K. Greene
Director Pooja Ghai
Designer Diego Pitarch
Lighting Designer James Whiteside
Composer & Sound Designer Arun Ghosh
Projection Design by Tapio Snellman
Choreographer Seeta Patel
Fight Director Lisa Connell
Assistant Director Natasha Chandra
Theatre credits include: Wit (Royal Exchange), The Beaux Stratagem, Dara, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, War Horse Prom, From Morning to Midnight, Romeo & Juliet (National Theatre),The Wind in the Willows (Birmingham Rep)
Television credits include: Houdini and Doyle (ITV/Fox), Frankie (BBC)
Theatre credits include Nadha, Tunnel, Cost of Eggs (Sandpit Arts), Point of No Return, Like Enemies of the Stage and Bring The Bucket (BeFrank Theatre Productions. Screen credits include Roots and Material Girls.
Theatre credits include Handle With Care (Dante or Die, UK Tour), Mind the Gap (National Theatre), To Like Or Not To Like (Park Theatre), Trafalgar Dreams (Theatre 503) and The Duchess of Malfi (Southwark Playhouse and tour).
Akash’s stage credits include (Renaissance Body RST (RSC). Screen credits include Sinbad (Sky 1) and Kids In Love (Ealing Studios), which will be released later this year.
Originally from Sri Lanka, Shalini Peiris trained at Arts Ed London. Theatre credits include Macbeth (Tara Arts), Little Stitches (BARETruth Theatre/The Arcola), Drawing the Line (Hampstead Theatre), Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi (Pursued by a Bear/The Arcola), The Snow Queen (Trestle Theatre- India tour), The Usual Auntijies (Belgrade Theatre), The House of Bilquis Bibi (Tamasha/Hampstead Theatre), Lotus Beauty (Tamasha/The Gate Theatre), Zindabad (Tamasha/The Gate Theatre). Screen credits include: Twelfth Night (Interactive Shakespeare Company) and The Huntsman (Universal Pictures).
Theatre credits include The Comedy of Errors (Sam Wanamaker Festival/Shakespeare’s Globe) and Jumpers for Goalposts (Chris White). Screen credits include The Sound of Music Live and Doctors.
Previous Theatre Royal Stratford East credits include Rashid in The Infidel The Musical. Other work in theatre includes playing Paul in the West End revival of A Chorus Line at the London Palladium, Angel in Rent (Greenwich Theatre), Prince Chululongkorn in The King and I (National Tour), Wicked (Apollo Victoria) and more recently Our Country's Good and Dara, both at the National Theatre.