You are invited to a film screening of the play Dara, with the kind permission of the National Theatre and Ajoka Theatre Pakistan. Dara was seen by more than 30,000 people over 36 performances in London in 2015, and was the first time a work by a Pakistani theatre company (Ajoka Theatre) had been adapted and staged by the National Theatre. The audiences included many young people from Britain’s Asian communities.
Dara is a portrayal of the seventeenth century Moghul Royals the Shah Jahan family and addresses historic debates around religious freedom and practice. Dara created much public debate around culture, history and religious tolerance. In response to hugely positive press and audience reactions, the National Theatre made a film of the full live performance of Dara for cultural, educational and arts festival screenings.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Tanya Ronder, writer and adapter at the National Theatre and Anwar Akhtar, production consultant to the Ajoka Theatre Lahore and the National Theatre. It will be chaired by Professor Dibyesh Anand.
Please note that entrance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Attempt to arrive early, by 5.40pm at the latest, as latecomers may not be able to enter if venue capacity is reached.
Dara's Creative Team included Shahid Nadeem, writer at the Ajoka Theatre; Nadia Fall, director at the National Theatre, Tanya Ronder, writer and adapter at the National Theatre and Anwar Akhtar, production consultant to the Ajoka Theatre Lahore and the National Theatre.
Image copyright: Ellie Kurttz.