Simran: a young Indian woman.
Her boyfriend: Black.
Her family: disapproving.
Her friend: honour-killed.
After a tube journey reflecting on the great philosophical phenomena of the world: the trolley problem, whether sandwiches should be cut down the middle or diagonally, and the validity of tonic water, as well as the friend she lost to honour violence, Simran must answer some life-changing questions: Will she and her boyfriend be able to live happily and safely together? Or will the looming threat of violence and leaving everything they know behind in London cause them to crumble?
Honour-Bound is a one-woman show written and performed by a British South Asian artist, and realised by British Black and South Asian artists. It explores the anti-Blackness that is often found in South Asian communities, the devastating effects it can have, and asks the question: what would you sacrifice for love?
Zahra Jassi is an actor, writer, and theatre maker who, inspired by her social science background (BA Politics at KCL), focuses on issues of race, culture, injustice, and identity in her work. A recent drama school graduate, she enjoys writing multi-dimensional characters of colour for the stage, and is passionate about working with and empowering artists of colour throughout her career. She is also a member of the Almeida Theatre's Youth Advisory Board. Honour-Bound marks her professional writing and acting debut.
Esther-Rennae Walker is the creative director of COH, a storyteller, facilitator and creative producer from London.
During her training at Loughborough University for a BA Hons degree in Drama with English, she began her creative journey through filmmaking; inspired to create stories where she could see herself and her community honestly and imaginatively represented. Her latest micro-short, 56 Black Men (2020) was selected for Wha’Gwan film festival (2021) which earned her a feature in the Evening Standard.
For stage, Esther-Rennae’s latest work includes ‘Places of Me’, produced at Theatre Peckham’s Tongue-Tied Festival (2021). She is currently under Nouveau Riche's Associate Artist programme (2022) where she’ll be developing her first solo play for stage. She was recently shortlisted to be Whitechapel Gallery’s first Young Poet in Residence.
As a producer, Esther-Rennae has produced for the Half Moon's Narratives of Empathy & Resilience programme (2021); Chronicles of Black Joy, and is currently an in-house producer at tiata fahodzi.
Cast & Creative Team Actor: ZAHRA JASSI
Writer: ZAHRA JASSI
Producer: ESTHER-RENNAE WALKER
Musician: AHANA HUNDAL
Illustrator: MARIAM ABDURAHMAN