Whose Sari Now?

Whose Sari Now?

One woman plays five characters who share their sari tales

Six yards of cloth, wound round tight 
Or draped seductively 
Or practically, for breastfeeding 
Or pulled between thighs to walk like a man
Or wildly thrown together, with Doc Martin boots 

A modest proposal or a political act or a defiant one  

Bold and powerful theatre that takes you beyond the Bollywood wet sari!

By turns funny and poignant, 5 characters share their sari tales; from an old Asian woman whose saris are like her second skin, a young mother giving birth in a war zone wrapping her twin babies in her wedding sari, a Malaysian historian connects the sari with mythology, a transgender reflects on his girlfriend’s sari obsession, a low caste weaver and a character who contemplates the sari in her final hours

'Moorthy’s narratives wind themselves irresistibly round the imagination, their evocation of pride, oppression, hierarchy and heritage at times dazzling and disturbing.'
The Times

'Each story is amazing and leaves you with a different perspective of how the sari has been perceived'
London Theatre 1

'Fascinating and funny'
The Stage

Writer & Performer Rani Moorthy

Rani has written for BBC 1 Doctors, BBC Radio 4 dramas and several short films, including Incense, funded by the Film Council, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival and televised on ITV. Her play Curry Tales was nominated for a MEN best Fringe production, had two national tours, toured internationally to 4 continents and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Too Close to Home was nominated as MEN best New Play award. States of Verbal Undress was a finalist in the live event category of Asian Media Awards. Her play Handful of Henna was translated into Italian and she has been commissioned to write a short play for the Milan Expo 2015.This is Rani’s eleventh play for Rasa. 

Theatre includesEast is East (Trafalgar Studios), Rafta Rafta (Bolton Octagon, New Vic), Curry Tales (Traverse, Lyric Hammersmith, national and international tours), Too Close to Home (Library Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith),Romeo and Juliet (Birmingham Rep)
Television: Prey (ITV 1), Mrs Bilal in the BBC sitcom Citizen Khan. Prisoners Wives, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Moving On and Cold Feet.
Film: All in Good time and Twenty8K.


Director: Kimberley Sykes
Kimberley trained at Rose Bruford College and National Theatre Studio directors course.

Directing Credits include: In the Solitude of Cotton (Tristan Bates Theatre), How I skinned my Sister (Tamasha, Rich Mix) Pieces (New Diorama), SATB (Soho Theatre)

Assistant/Associate Director Credits include: City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse), East is East (Trafalgar Studios),The Amne Corner (National Theatre), The Dybbuk (Pascal theatre Company, New York)

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