Santi & Naz

The Thelmas

28 Jan — 02 Feb
Cage - The Vaults, Leake Street
1hr 00m
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Santi & Naz

Santi & Naz are best friends living in a small village in pre-partition India. Their story spans between 1945 & 1949. When Naz is betrothed to an older man, the threat of separation for the young women looms large on the horizon. As the political situation around partition worsens and violence erupts, they take drastic action. Santi & Naz explores childhood friendship, identity and loyalty set against the backdrop of a country soon to be changed forever. New play by Guleraana Mir and Afshan D’souza-Lodhi, from award-winning company The Thelmas, makers of LADYKILLER & COCONUT.

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About The Thelmas

The Thelmas is an award-winning new writing company dedicated to the development and promotion of early career female writers and theatre makers. The company comprises of founder and director Madelaine Moore and writer Guleraana Mir. At the heart of the company is the idea that female work should exist on its own merits, not be seen as somehow niche.

Devoted to empowering women to redress the equality imbalance in the arts, we support them to disrupt dominant narratives and create theatre that is big, bold and emotionally resonant. We crave authentic and bittersweet stories outside of the traditional female (BAME) stereotype and socially impactful narratives that reflect society but don’t look to solve prevalent issues. While our work often touches on some important topics, we approach these with a light touch, preferring to encourage our audiences to laugh their way into more meaningful discussion after the show.

The Thelmas are currently Associate Artists at OVALHOUSE.

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Press & Reviews

Reviews for The Thelmas' previous work:


Younger Theatre ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“blood-curdling shriek of a hit”

Upper Circle ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“As an audience we are constantly being challenged to question female stereotypes on numerous levels”

Broadway Baby ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"a smash hit at this fringe and beyond”

Broadway World ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Ladykiller is a voyage into morality.”

The Skinny ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“What is most thrilling about Ladykiller... is how the chambermaid looks and sounds just like us. She could easily be our neighbour, co-worker or friend.”

Three Weeks ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“... an eerily convincing portrait of an unhinged mind. ‘Ladykiller’ defies expectations by raising issues such as social class and the inherent sexism in the study of serial killers (all discussed through a comedic lens)"

The Stage ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Be nice to people who work in customer service” is just one of the messages in Ladykiller, a very funny and refreshingly offbeat comedy from The Thelmas.”

Londonist ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“blood-curdlingly great.”

The Scotsman ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Director Madelaine Moore’s staging is spot-on”

The List ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“pokes at the optimism of feminist beliefs in equality and the innate compassion of women in a bracing... monologue of fierce intensity.”

FringeGuru ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“a mesmeric performance. It’s a rare treat, combining humour, horror and intelligence.”

Miro Magazine ⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Madeline Gould’s script is one of the best written one-woman pieces at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe."

Mind The Blog ⭐⭐⭐⭐
"A compelling one-woman show that explores the imbalance between the sexes for a deadly purpose – Hannah McClean is breathtaking."

Theatre Box Blog ⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Ladykiller is entertaining, funny, engaging, and an effective allegory for challenging gender roles in contemporary society."

To Do List ⭐⭐⭐⭐
"A bloody brilliant hymn to the dark side of a zero hours worker... "

Exeunt Magazine
"a political bite beneath the surface of its humour...a hilariously dark comic monologue, delivered with aplomb by performer Hannah Mclean."

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