Half Of Me 

Creative Team 

Writer - Satinder Chohan
Research Associate - Dr Vasanti Jadva

Lyric Hammersmith Cast and Team

Director: 
Ali Godfrey
Assistant Director: 
Hayley Konadu
Assistant Company Managers:
Ace Ruele Aristotles
Michael Amaning
Additional Movement Direction:
Ira Mandela Siobhan
Costume Designer: 
Rachel Dingle
Music Composition & Production:
Spider J
Production Stage Manager
Adam Burns
Deputy Stage Manager: 
Nicole Scott
Assistant Stage Manager:
Alexandra Legg
Headshots: 
Lesley Cook
PR: 
Sarah Milton
Tamasha Emerging Producer:
Hannah Patel

Performed by the Future Stage Company at Generation Arts:
Leah Brown-Edwards, Johnny Collins, Damien Czadowksi, Helder Fernandes, Chloe Hatton, Hakeem Jacobs, Katerina Konstantinidou, Erica Kouassi, Adebola Olayinka, Maria Pavlenka, Leandro Pestana, Nathan Wallace-Auguste

Funding Partners

Arts Council England
Wellcome Trust

Half Of Me

A new play for young people by Satinder Chohan commissioned as part of a pioneering collaboration between Tamasha and the Centre for Family Research (CFR) at Cambridge University. 

…do you know how hard it is
To look in the mirror each day
See a stranger in your face?

Areia grows up with a thousand unanwered questions. Where did I get my eyes? My wavy hair? My scholarly air? When she finally discovers the truths to her burning questions she embarks on a life changing trip to find out who she really is. 

Will she become whole and fix her broken heart? And is family really more than genetics and blood?

A modern family play where life, science, emotions, genetics, and money intersect, Half Of Me is a poetically written piece about the often unheard experiences of young people born by Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs).

Conceived as an accompaniment to Tamasha’s 2017 touring production Made in India by Satinder Chohan, a play about East-West surrogacy set in a fertility clinic in Gujarat, Half Of Me provides a forum for the theatrical exploration of the research of CFR including the social and cultural implications of recent advances in ART.

Half Of Me premiered on 28-30th July 2016 at the Lyric Hammersmith in a co-production between Tamasha and Generation Arts and supported by CFR and the Central School of Speech and Drama. Different versions of the piece will then be performed by various regional youth theatres in 2017 as a curtain raiser to Tamasha’s next national tour, Made in India

To find out more or book Half Of Me for your venue please contact Alex@tamasha.org.uk. 

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Background

Half Of Me grew from Satinder Chohan’s recent post as writer-in-residence at the CFR. Working with Senior Research Associate, Dr Vasanti Jadva, Satinder explored the research institute’s work whilst developing creative ideas for the new play in an immersive writing experience. The resulting play explores the psychological impacts on young people born by ART including non-traditional family structures and the ethical dilemmas surrounding the process. 

Half Of Me Tour Dates

29 - 30th July 2016 
Lyric Hammersmith
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3rd - 4th February 2017 
The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

25th February 2017 
Mercury Theatre, Colchester

2nd March 2017 
The Dukes, Lancaster

31st Mar - 1st Apr 2017 
The Hat Factory, Luton

Reviews and feedback from Satinder Chohan's Kabbadi Kabbadi Kabbadi and Made In India (scratch):

"Chohan captures cleverly the ironies and complexities of British Asian identity with wit and depth.... I urge viewers to support this important and groundbreaking work to ensure that such beautifully told stories reach a wider public domain and excite the British consciousness." (Pulse Magazine)

"…an evocative, compelling piece of theatre … with impressive performances." (Birmingham Post)

"Brilliant – political, economic and social metaphor with a strong emotional impact. Could be a remarkable piece." (Audience feedback, Made In India scratch)