The world premiere of breaDth by Raminder Kaur will run at Omnibus Theatre this summer.
Sohaya Vision alongside Mukul and Ghetto Tigers will present the production which opens on 17 May with previews from 16 May and runs until 3 June.
Directed by Mukul Ahmed, Artistic Director of Mukul and Ghetto Tigers, breaDth is a multi-media, magic realist drama based on true experiences of the pandemic, prejudice, and the care of older people. The script was formed from interviews collected by researchers for the Consortium on Practices of Wellbeing and Resilience among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Families and Communities (ESRC).
Making up the cast are Érin Geraghty, Rez Kabir, Suzanne Kendall, David Kukadia, Kareem Nasif and Celine Shamdasani.
From the Great Plague to the COVID-19 pandemic, the medieval mystic, polymath and jurist, Ibn Khaldun, leads us through the lives of older people and racial minorities who work as carers for them.
From football, prejudice to a pet tortoise who lives with a down-to-earth English avatar, we journey through the challenges, loves and humour behind the stories of diverse families living through the pandemic.
Raminder Kaur said: “breaDth is about overcoming the D’s that get in the way of our lives – discrimination, depression, delirium…It captures the shattering events around COVID-19 combined with flashbacks to previous pandemics such as the Great Plague. It’s informed by people’s real-life experiences – funny, surreal, poignant, penetrating. It’s about the diversity of people left on the sides as they struggle to catch their breath. After incredible feedback on the R&D in 2022, I’m so excited to see it being produced with a wonderful cast and crew at Omnibus Theatre.”
Mukul Ahmed added: “This collaboration allows a new creative approach of presenting real-life testimonies to uncover a rich web of otherwise unheard stories of people’s experiences, resilience and multiple identities as they tried to care for vulnerable people as frontline workers during the pandemic. A talented creative team will retell these stories through a stunning mixture of realism, magical realism, projections, movements and evocative music.”
For more information and tickets, visit www.omnibus-clapham.org