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The Husbands by Kali Theatre

The Husbands by Sharmila Chauhan Syreeta Kumar and Mark Theodore

Photo by Robert Day LR

A co-production with Pentabus Theatre
The Husbands
By Sharmila Chauhan

An explosive new play about love, jealousy and
a woman’s right to choose.

It’s Aya’s wedding day. Her third. Her current two husbands aren’t too fussed. In a society in which there are few women, that’s just what happens. But as the household prepares for the wedding feast, a stranger arrives – one who threatens to challenge everything they believe in.

Against a backdrop of modern rural India, Sharmila Chauhan weaves an extraordinary tale of love and wonder. From the preparation of the food and the sacrifice of the lamb to the dressing of the bride and the festival dance, this will be an exuberant and challenging piece of theatre.

‘Janet Steel tightly directs The Husbands… an interesting concept engagingly executed… cleverly calling into question many orthodox beliefs …nothing if not thought-provoking’

‘a well told story that will stay with you long after the play has finished…’
The Public Reviews

On tour in 2014 to
Plymouth Drum 12-15 February  7.45pm

Birmingham mac 22 February   8pm

Leicester 25 February -1 March 7.45pm
Curve     Book Here

Shrewsbury  4 March  7.30pm
Theatre Severn     Book Here 

Wolverhampton 5 March   7.30pm
Arena Theatre     Book Here

Tewkesbury  6 March   7.30pm
The Roses Theatre    Book Here

Ludlow 7 March   7.30pm
Assembly Rooms     Book Here 

London 11-23 March 7pm (Incl Sunday)
Plus Matinees 15 & 22 March 2.45pm
Soho Theatre     Book Here

‘In parts of India, polyandry has become a necessity. Gendercide, as a consequence of the ancient preference for boys, the modern desire for smaller families and the increasing availability of ultrasound techniques to detect the gender of a baby still in the womb means that the number of females is declining. I wrote The Husbands both as a response to this but also as an exploration of the complexity of love, intimacy and trust between one woman and three men where gender differences and expectations are amplified. In a sense this play is as much a warning as an allegory for the fate of women in The West today.’
Sharmila Chauhan

With Phillip Edgerley, Syreeta Kumar,
Rhik Samadder
and Mark Theodore
Directed by Janet Steel
Creative Advisor Elizabeth Freestone
Set & Costume Design by Jean Chan
Lighting Design by Prema Mehta
Music by Arun Ghosh

The Husbands is a co-production with Pentabus.
            ‘The excellent Pentabus’  The Guardian

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