by Anusree Roy
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 October 2016
The World Premiere
In a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, the world premiere of Trident Moon by multi-award-winning Canadian playwright Anusree Roy in her UK debut runs at the Finborough Theatre, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Monday and Tuesday matinees from Sunday, 9 October.
India, 1947. Six women, three Muslim and three Hindu, hide inside a coal truck as it speeds through the newly-divided Hindustan. Nothing will prevent Alia getting to West Bengal. Her former employers are now her captives and she will have revenge for what they have done, even if she has to harm the child she has spent her life raising.
Violence and hatred threaten to engulf those inside the truck, as thick and terrifying as that which can be heard outside in the streets. But suddenly the truck stops, and the women must find what unites them in order to have any chance of survival…
In 2016, over 9 million people fled their homes due to rising religious violence. In the run up to next year’s 70th anniversary of India’s partition, Anusree Roy’s stunning new play is an extraordinary opportunity to explore the lives of women caught in the crossfire.
About The Playwright
Playwright Anusree Roy emigrated to Canada from Kolkata, India, at age 17. Her 2007 play Pyaasa premiered at Toronto's Theatre Passe Muraille and won two Dora Mavor Moore Awards including Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance (Female). Her subsequent plays have included Letters to My Grandma, Roshni and Brothel #9. Brothel #9 won the Carol Bolt Award and the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play in 2011, and was a nominee for the Governor General's Award for English-language Drama at the 2012 Governor General's Awards. She has also won the RBC Emerging Artist Award, the K. M. Hunter Award and the Siminovitch Protege Prize. She has premiered two operas, Noor over Afghan and The Golden Boy. She has been Playwright-in-Residence at Canadian Stage, Theatre Passe Muraille, Nightwood Theatre, Factory Theatre and the Blyth Festival, and is co-artistic director with David DeGrow and Thomas Morgan Jones of Theatre Jones Roy. She currently plays Nurse Patel on the TV show Remedy (Indian Grove Productions). She was also a story editor for Remedy in its first season.
About The Director
Director Anna Pool devised and directed the world premiere and national tour of Dust Child as the youngest director and librettist ever engaged by the Olivier Award winning company, English Touring Opera. She is Artistic Director of interactive theatre company workshOPERA, nominated for a 2016 New British Music Theatre Award for their productions of Boys of Paradise (EGG LDN and Tete a Tete Festival) and Seven Velvet Suits (BasicSpace Festival). Other direction includes Il Parnaso Confuso (Wilton's Music Hall), Songs for a New World (Silk Street Theatre, Barbican) and Contactless (Theatre N16). Anna is a Staff Director for Welsh National Opera, assisting Sarah Crisp and Elijah Moshinsky on Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci and Tobias Richter on The Marriage of Figaro. She has also assisted Peter Mumford on The Ring Cycle (Opera North), Helen Donnelly on Pig Girl (Finborough Theatre) and Lotte Wakeham on the world premiere of The Other School (National Youth Music Theatre at the St. James' Theatre). Anna was Associate Director of the City of London's Corpus Christi celebrations, devised and directed with Annabel Arden.
The Press on Playwright Anusree Roy
“There's no one like Anusree Roy, she really is a gift” NOW Toronto
On Pyassa –
"Compact and compelling" The Globe and Mail
"A grassroots indie gem" Toronto Star
"If you missed Pyaasa last year, don't miss it now” ★★★★★ www.stage-door.com
On Brothel #9 –
"An impressive work" The Globe and Mail, Canada
"Roy’s strong narrative gifts hold us in suspense until the very end" www.stage-door.com
The Press on Director Anna Pool
On Il Parnaso Confuso –
"Brilliant fun" ★★★★ The Guardian
"Vivid, well sprung and aptly festive in spirit" Opera Magazine
On Boys of Paradise –
"Truly genre-breaking and yet absolutely operatic in tone, intention and effect, Boys of Paradise is an exciting indication of how opera can successfully break creatively into new spaces" Bachtrack
"Seductively crisp... hilarious" LDN Card
"Uplifting to see so much talent in one place" QX Magazine
Trained at The Poor School.
Theatre includes An Ode To My Sisters (Theatre Royal Portsmouth and Oxford Playhouse), Umrao – The Noble Courtesan (Cockpit Theatre and Edinburgh Festival) and An Ideal Husband (Charm Offensive Theatre Company).
Trained at Royal Holloway, University of London, and National Youth Theatre.
Theatre includes Acts of Defiance (Theatre503), The Fever (Almeida Theatre), Boiler Room Project (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Retold (The Space).
Television includes Tyrant.
Film includes I Saved My Belly Dancer and My Beautiful White Skin.
Trained at Central School of Speech and Drama.
Trident Moon is Rebecca's theatrical debut.
Lovely Raj Singh / Temple Priest
Trained at ArtsEd.
Theatre includes BU21 (Theatre503), An Insomniacs Guide to Ambulances (Tristan Bates Theatre), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (The Space), His Dark Materials (The Curve, Leicester) and Romeo and Juliet (Immersion Theatre).
Film includes We Can Be Heroes, Snowdrop – The Life of Noor Inayat Khan and The Days In Between.
Trained at Guildford School of Acting.
Theatre includes Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre), Berstein's Mass (Southbank Centre), After The Tone (Bridewell Theatre), Kali's Toenail and Boyd (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and The Glug (Re:Act for St. James Theatre).
Trained at Bath Spa University and Le Jeu.
Theatre includes Stig of the Dump (Arts Theatre), The Maharajah And The Kohinoor (International Tour), Privates on Parade (Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth), Radha is Looking Good – One Woman Show (Pleasance London), A First Class Death (VAULT Festival), Arrange That Marriage (Drum Theatre, Birmingham), A Comedy of Errors (Minack Theatre, Penzance) and Road (Theatre Royal Bath).
Trained at The BRIT School.
Theatre includes Fragile Land (Hampstead Theatre).
Film includes Kidulthood.
Television includes Doctors, Holby City, Dogma 3: Only Girls and Dogma 3:Snowman.
Radio includes Together, Bombay Talky and Romeo and Juliet In Southwark.
Productions at the Finborough Theatre include The Blessing Way.
Theatre includes Bring On The Bollywood (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Richard III (New Diorama Theatre), East is East (National Tour), Romeo and Juliet (Leicester Square Theatre), Our Children will be Next (Theatre503), John Clare (Eastern Angles), King Lear (King’s Head Theatre), The Man Outside (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Dead Eye (Soho Theatre) and Camille (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith).
Television includes Coronation Street, East Enders, Holby City, Whitechapel 3, Trial and Retribution and Hustle.
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 October 2016
Tickets and Times
Approximately 90 minutes with no interval