Productions     No Dogs, No Indians

How far would you go to resist oppression? What would you choose to remember, and what to forget?

It is 1932 in occupied Bengal. A young revolutionary prepares to storm a whites-only club in Chittagong, an act of defiance that will end in her taking her own life. The sign above the club reads No Dogs, No Indians.

Decades later, an aspiring intellectual born in post-independence Kolkata is in love with all things British: Shakespeare, cricket, The Beatles. But as he contemplates the past and imagines his children’s future, he begins to question his own identity.

Now in 2017, a man returns from London on the news of his father’s death. In the New India, he encounters steel magnates, supermodels and tech millionaires, but is haunted by ghosts from the past.

Three intertwining stories explore the effects and legacy of the British in India in a powerful new play by poet and playwright Siddhartha Bose to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence.


Playwright Siddhartha Bose on cultural appropriation, identity and colonialism

Tour dates

17-18 May BRIGHTON Festival
21 May LONDON Southbank Centre
24 May NORWICH Festival
19-20 July NEWCASTLE Live Theatre

Company Information

Writer | Siddhartha Bose
Director | Russell Bender
Costume designer | Mila Sanders
Lighting designer | Jai Morjaria
Sound designer | Edward Lewis
Fight direction | Yarit Dor
Company stage manager | Lauren Cameron


Rani | Komal Amin
Chorus/Durga/Kalpana | Archana Ramaswamy
Shyamal/Ananda/Nirmal | Omar Khan
Yogesh/Surya Sen/Biswas/Bahadur | Ashraf Ejjbair


Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival, Southbank Centre, Live Theatre, GemArts, Writers' Centre Norwich & Norwich Arts Centre.

Supported with public funding by Arts Council England.

Produced by Penned in the Margins.