Dara (NT)

Tanya Ronder from an original work by Shahid Nadeem

DOI: 10.5040/9781350997714.01

Duration: 2:10:10

  • Dara 2:10:10

Age recommendation: 12+

This archive recording was captured in the Lyttelton Theatre on 17th March, 2015.

1659. Mughal, India. Two brothers, Dara and Aurangzeb, are both heirs to the Muslim empire. Dara, the crown prince, has the love of the people – and of his emperor father – but younger brother Aurangzeb holds a different vision for India's future. Now they fight ferociously for succession.

Originally performed at the Ajoka Theatre in Pakistan, Shahid Nadeem's epic tale of the dispute that shaped modern-day India and Pakistan is brought to life in Tanya Ronder's adaptation and Nadia Fall's stunning production.

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CAST
Dara: Zubin Varla
Kam / Malik's watchman / Soldier / Young Aurangzeb: Gurjeet Singh
Faqir / Malik's servant: Scott Karim
Azam / Sipihr / Young Dara: Ronak Patani
Executioner / Malik Jiwan / Qazi Sayed: Emilio Doorgasingh
Hira Bai: Anjana Vasan
Aurangzeb: Sargon Yelda
Danishmand / Murad: Rudi Dharmalingam
Governor Khan / Murad's aide / Prison guard: Esh Alladi
Imad / Mian Mir's second disciple / Mir Khalil: Nicholas Khan
Massage girl / Young Jahanara: Mariam Haque
Akhtar / Hussain / Jamal / Soldier: Gary Wood
Emperor Shah Jahan: Vincent Ebrahim
Jahanara: Nathalie Armin
Roshanara: Anneika Rose
Afia: Anjli Mohindra
Young Roshanara: Liya Tassisa
Imperial slave / Itbar's mother / Old woman: Indira Joshi
Itbar: Chook Sibtain
Itbar's father / Mullah Farooq: Simon Nagra
Prosecutor Talib: Prasanna Puwanarajah
Mian Mir: Ranjit Krishnamma
Vocalist / Santoor: Kaviraj Singh Dhadyalla
Vocalist / Indian Violin / Harmonium: Nawazish Khan
Tabla / Dholak / Duff: Vikaash Sankadecha

CREATIVES
Director: Nadia Fall
Author: Shahid Nadeem
Adaptor: Tanya Ronder
Designer: Katrina Lindsay
Music: Niraj Chag
Lighting Designer: Neil Austin
Sound Designer: Carolyn Downing
Vocal Music Director: Japjit Kaur
Movement Director: Liam Steel
Fight Director: Katie Waters

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National Theatre

Tanya Ronder from an original work by Shahid Nadeem

ISBN: 9781350997714

Series: National Theatre Collection