by Anosh Irani
"...lovely theatre, well-designed,
nicely staged, intriguingly acted and promisingly written... a masterful
blend of eroticism and mystery."
- 2007 Governor General's Award
- Indian premiere in Mumbai,
For information on the Indian production, click
- Published by Playwrights Canada
- 4 Dora Awards including
Outstanding New Play,
Outstanding Set Design, Costume Design, and
Sound Design/Composition...plus nominations for Outstanding Production
and Lighting Design
Set in present-day India, Bombay Black is a
powerful story of vengeance, betrayal, and seduction.
Anosh has a wonderful theatrical sensibility and a
gift for bringing together magical fables and the gritty reality
of Indian street life. The play is the story of Apsara, who lives
in Bombay with her mother, making a living by selling erotic dances
to wealthy men. When a blind man named Kamal arrives for an appointment,
the complex and brutal past of the three characters slowly rises
to the surface.
Featuring a remarkable poetic text, bold theatrical
imagery and a combination of contemporary Bombay bar dancing and
Indian classical dance, Bombay Black is challenging work
by one of Canada's leading new playwriting voices.
Cahoots Theatre Projects, Toronto
Premiere: January 4 to 22, 2006
Directed by Brian Quirt
Cast: Deena Aziz, Anita Majumdar, Sanjay Talwar
Design by Camellia Koo
Lighting Design by Rebecca Pitcherack
Original Music & Sound Design by Suba
Assistant Director: Andrea Romaldi
Stage Managed by Isaac Thomas
Mississaugas Living Arts Centre (February 8-10, 2008);
Vancouvers Arts Club Theatre as part of their subscription
season (February 21 - March 15, 2008)
For a copy of the script, please contact
Nightswimming Producer Naomi
Bombay Black received a public reading
as part of the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) On the Verge New
Play Reading Festival 2005.
Thank you to Imali Perera, Alison Sealy-Smith, and
Anand Rajaram for their work in early workshops of the play.