Riz Abassi (Jaz) & Sudha Bhuchar (Amar),
A Yearning, 1995

Riz Abassi (Jas) & Sudha Bhuchar (Amar) in A Yearning, 1995

Winner of the CRE
Race in the Media Award
(BBC Radio 4 adaptation)


“An intelligent, thought-provoking production, opening a surprisingly accurate window into the aims and aspirations of the Punjabi community in our own city.”
Birmingham Weekly Observer

A Yearning (1995)

adapted by Ruth Carter from Federico García Lorca’s Yerma


Amar, a bride from India, yearns for a child but her husband Jaz is too preoccupied with his Birmingham minicab firm to see her loneliness. Faced with Amar’s failure to conceive, the community that was once nurturing becomes increasingly stifling...

A transposition of Lorca's classic to Britain's Punjabi community, A Yearning addresses the plight of a woman married into a society where her real worth is measured by her ability to have children.  Tamasha was delighted that for this production they were able to secure the renowned acting talents of Zohra Segal.

Tour Schedule

25 Sep – 14 Oct 1995  
Birmingham Repertory Theatre

17 Oct – 28 Oct 1995
Lyric Hammersmith, London

31 Oct – 4 Nov 1995
Leicester Haymarket Studio

8 Nov 1995
Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

9 Nov 1995
Town Hall, High Wycombe

10 Nov - 11 Nov 1995
The Nettleford, Norwood, London

14 Nov – 15 Nov 1995
Leeds Metropolitan University Studio Theatre

16 Nov – 18 Nov 1995
The Crucible Studio, Sheffield