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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.
Cover design by Penned in the Margins
Photography by Siddhartha Bose
Published 1 May 2017
How far would you go to resist oppression?
Siddhartha Bose’s books include two poetry collections, Kalagora and Digital Monsoon (Penned in the Margins, 2010 & 2013), and a monograph on the grotesque, Back and Forth (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015). He has been featured on BBC Four, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Asian Network, and was dubbed one of the ‘ten rising stars of British poetry’ by The Times. Sid’s theatre work include Kalagora, London’s Perverted Children, long-listed for an Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust award, and The Shroud. He has made a film on Mumbai, Animal City, and guest-edited a special issue of the literary journal Wasafiri (Routledge, UK/USA) on international urban writing. Siddhartha was a Leverhulme Fellow in Drama at Queen Mary, University of London (2011-13). He is an Associate Artist at Penned in the Margins, and currently teaches at Global Shakespeare (QMUL/Warwick). He lives in London.