Fiona Wade (Preethi)
& Paul Tilley (Raza),
Strictly Dandia, 2003

Fiona Wade (Preethi) and Paul Tilley (Raza) in Strictly Dandia

Winner of a Herald Angel
Award for Choreography

“A new voice from a newly confident community, telling old stories in ways that make them matter again. And to hear that voice is such a pure, life-enhancing pleasure”
The Scotsman

Strictly Dandia (2003)

By Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-Smith

Sudha, Kristine and Sue researched this play during Navratri in North London. It was the first time that Tamasha created a play specifically for the middle-scale. The play opened at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2003, where it won an award for best choreography.

Set during Navratri, Strictly Dandia focuses on the cultural differences between the generations, embodied in the love story between a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy.  The play takes place over nine nights preceding the festival of Diwali and is fused with spectacular dance sequences, choreographed by Liam Steele of DV8.

Credits

Director Kristine Landon-Smith
Designer Sue Mayes
Choreographer Liam Steel
Lighting Designer Chris Davey
Composer Shri (Shrikanth Sriram)
Sound Designer Mike Furness
Trainee Director Samina Baig
Assistant Designer Rachana Jadhav
Original Cast Sudha Bhuchar, Charubala Chokshi, Susan Cruse, Rina Fatania, Shiv Grewal, Davina Hemlall, Divian Ladwa, Chris Ryman, Rehan Sheikh, Sonit Shringi, Paul Tilley, Fiona Wade

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