Plays by Sudha Bhuchar

Child of the Divide  

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

I have a boy. He is across the border, I know he is.
A few miles between. The same stars

Shine on him

Summer 1947. Sixteen million people are on the move between India and the newly-formed Pakistan. Amid the violent political upheaval, young Pali’s fingers slip from his father’s hand, and his destiny changes forever.

Lost, dispossessed and alone, Pali is saved by a Muslim family. The boy is given a new home and new family, a new name, a new faith and a new life. But seven years later, his real father returns to claim him and Pali’s life is turned upside down again. He is forced to decide who he is: the Hindu boy he was born to be, the Muslim boy he has become, or simply a child of the divide.

This edition has been published to mark the 70th anniversary of the partition of India and a new high-profile production originating once again at the Polka Theatre. Sudha Bhuchar’s remarkable story of family, identity and belonging set against a fractured landscape is a fictionalised account of real experiences, of families torn apart and of stolen pasts, where friendship and love are found in unexpected places.

My Name is …

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

When Gaby disappears from her Scottish home, it is assumed that her Pakistani father, Farhan, has kidnapped her. The spiralling headlines are only momentarily silenced when it emerges that Gaby may have fled of her own accord, choosing to spend her life in Pakistan. To the distress of her Scottish mother, Suzy, Gaby declares, ‘My name is Ghazala’, turning her back on ‘Gaby’ and, seemingly, the West.

This moving verbatim play reveals a cross-cultural love story that began in late-seventies Glasgow, a world away from the frantic tug-of-love well documented in the world's press.

The Trouble with Asian Men

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

Macho men or metrosexual guys? Mummy's boys or blokes under their missus' thumbs? Self-made entrepreneurs, pukka professionals and successful executives with their Mercedes Benz lives and designer-clad wives; husbands, sons, uncles, brothers and fathers – these successful, soulful and spirited Asian men have come a long way from their origins but they've all got roots! The Trouble with Asian Men is a vital, tender and hilarious insight into lives that surround us every day, from the award-winning theatre company that brought us East is East. This revealing verbatim comedy that has played to sell-out houses internationally.

Sudha Bhuchar is joint founder of Tamasha Theatre Company, and she is both an actor and a playwright. She writes regularly with Shaheen Khan for BBC Radio 4, and their many credits include three series of Girlies. Their screenplay The House Across the Street was shown on BBC4. Her writing credits for Tamasha include Strictly Dandia, the award-winning Fourteen Songs, Two Weddings and A Funeral, Balti Kings and My Name Is ...