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"Tamasha means commotion or creating a stir, and Sweet Cider does just that. The fact that this is author Emteaz Hussain’s dramatic debut is even more stirring as it displays remarkable maturity and lyrical grace."
What's On Stage 

"Stephanie Street is revelatory as a young girl burdened by the false promise of freedom. Her eventual breakdown provides a shocking end to an assured debut." 
Time Out 

"the kaleidoscopic display of fractured Asian lives forms a potent, urgent, unsentimental brew, spiked with high poetry and the unmistakable sting of the real…Hussain’s central story lands its punch with heart-rending accuracy."  

"Hussain has made a stong, involving debut, directed with assurance by Kristine Landon-Smith and finely performed by the cast" The Stage

"Hussain's ability to inject comedy into these troubled and haunted lives determines her position as a playwright to watch"
Asians in Media  

Sweet Cider

By Em Hussain
A community is in crisis. Two Pakistani girls have run from their families: one is hunted, the other forgotten.

Their bid for freedom has led them to an Asian women's refuge in a nearby northern town. But with dialogue between the generations impossible, the girls soon ask themselves how sweet freedom really is.

A poignant story of fractured family ties, Sweet Cider is the debut play by Em Hussain. The play was commissioned by Tamasha following Em's outstanding work on our New Writing course.

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Director Kristine Landon-Smith
Designer  Sue Mayes
Lighting Design  Natasha Chivers
Sound Design  Mike Furness
Dramaturg Philip Osment

Cast Shammi Aulakh, Sudha Bhuchar, Taru Devani, Hamza Jeetooa, Tom Morrison, Aria Prasad, Sagar Radia, Rehan Sheikh, Rajneet Sidhu and Stephanie Street

Sweet Cider is supported by The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation and The Leche Trust.



Past performances

22 Oct - 15 Nov 2008
Arcola Theatre, London