When you are half of one thing and half of another thing and completely uncertain of what that really means the natural thing is to figure it out.
What happens when faith gets in the way of being a parent?
How do you say "I love you"?
Is there a difference between British-Asian and Asian-British?
A delicate piece of new writing exploring questions that are central to the world we live in today. Ideas of cultural identity are a part of a global conversation, but how does one person's duality impact them on an intimate and day-to-day level? A poignant piece of storytelling about a woman wondering who she really is. Is she sad? Is she happy? Is she in love?
What she does know is that she can cook a mean Moong Dal and when it comes down to it she has all the flaws of a human being.
Originally from Australia and founded by Elliott Cook & Iskandar R. Sharazuddin, Ellandar is an award-winning theatre company. Ellandar was runner-up for the 2013 Martin Sims Award for Best New West Australian Work for 'Pity' by Ellen O'Connor. Ellandar have presented work in association with The State Theatre Centre of WA, Fringe World Festival, the National Play Festival of Australia, The Blue Room Theatre & The Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. Our productions have been nominated and won awards at The Blue Room Theatre Awards, Performing Arts Western Australia Awards, and Western Australian Screen Awards. Ellandar are now permanently based in London but still tour work nationally within Australia and internationally. Ellandar is currently a resident company at Space Clarence Mews.
Our short film, 'The Life of Cardboard' by Iskandar R. Sharazuddin, Luke Brennan, and Wayne Nicholson was the Winner of the Barbican Shorts Brief and screened at the Framed Film Festival 2013.
Iskandar's previous work: 'A Night of Deceit' (Subiaco Arts Centre & Fringe World), 'A Gigantic Fuck You To You All' (Lazy Susan's), 'Three Women' (So & So Arts Club), 'Citizen Squid' (Lyric Hammersmith & Watford Palace Theatre - Outdoor Arts Commission), 'If And When' (Soho Theatre), and 'Èlan & Mort' (White Bear Theatre). Iskandar is the 2014 Tony Craze Award Winner formerly the Soho Theatre Young Writers' Award Winner for his play 'The Life of Cardboard' and in 2015 was long listed for The Bruntwood Playwriting Prize.
Mingyu's previous work: includes 'Grotto' (NT Studios), 'A Sweet Life/One Last Time' (One Fest, The Space), 'Jack and I' (Punchline Theatre, BEAM at Theatre Royal Stratford East), 'Comfort Women' (Streatham Hill Theatre) 'Hear Me Now' (Tamasha Theatre), 'Finding Chinatown' (Theatre 503), and 'Rice Paper Tales' (Trikhon Theatre & Albany / mac Birmingham). Ming is an alumna of the Royal Court Writers' Programme and a graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
DIRECTOR: Mingyu Lin
WRITER: Iskandar R. Sharazuddin
DESIGN: Charlotte Henery
LIGHTING DESIGN: Simisola Majekodunmi
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Jeffrey Phillips
IMAGES: Tristan Fennell & Claudia Marinaro
KALILA: Mona Khalili
HAJI MASRI: Shiraz Kahn
CHARLOTTE: Comfort Fabian
THÉRÈSE: Denise Stephenson
ANNA: Velda Hassan
JACK: Stephen Hoo
"Praise for previous work"
The West Australian - "Gobsmackingly obscene & morally bankrupt ... wicked fun" for 'Concussion'.
Arts Hub Australia - ★★★★ "A richly textured tapestry of tale-telling" for 'The Standover Man'.
Australian Stage - "Very funny and entertaining." for 'A Gigantic Fuck You To You All'.
The West Australian - "An elusive, deftly tailored story of a woman. Thrilling!" for Multiverse Theory in D.