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Dara Screening

Introducing Dara

The University of East London in partnership with the National Theatre, Ajoka Theatre,The Samosa Media Project is proud to present a film screening of Dara, following the successful run of the play at the National Theatre in 2015.  

Dara is the portrayal of the 17th century Moghul royals, the Shah Jahan family, and it addresses historic debates around religious freedom and practice that have profound contemporary resonance. Dara was seen by over 30,000 people at the National Theatre in London over 36 performances in 2015. It created much public debate on the issues of culture, history and religious tolerance. In response to the hugely positive press and audience response, the National Theatre, made a film of the full live performance of Dara, for cultural, educational and arts festival screenings. 

This screening at The University of East London organised with the kind permission of the cast and creative team from the National Theatre UK, and Ajoka Theatre Lahore.

Dara's Creative Team included Shahid Nadeem, writer at the Ajoka Theatre; Nadia Fall, director at the National Theatre, Tanya Ronder, writer and adapter at the National Theatre;  and Anwar Akhtar, production consultant to the Ajoka Theatre Lahore and the National Theatre.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with Anwar Akhtar, (The Samosa Media Project and Production Consultant on Dara

The University of East London welcomes all UEL students and school and colleges to attend this free educational event. 

Venue information: The Main Lecture Theatre - University Square Stratford. Click here for more information.

Press reviews on Dara please see links below:  'Dara: the tale of two Islams hits the stage’.  'Every child in Britain should see the National's latest play’  Peter Tatchell 'The story of Dara … is one that begins thousands of miles away from the concrete jungle of London’s South Bank'. A magnificently ambitious project.. The best scene by far – and one it’s easy to imagine will be studied in schools – is when Dara is brought before the Sharia court in Delhi, and is forced to prove that he is a true Muslim'.

I was excited about seeing a play about royal power politics played on an entirely different stage from The James Plays...what I didn’t expect was to go see a play that was absolutely in the blazing heart of everything politically aware people are arguing about today.


Wednesday, 2 November 2016 from 17:00 to 20:30 (GMT) Add to Calendar


Main Lecture Theatre University Square Stratford - 1 Salway Road, London, E15 1NF - View Map

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Wednesday, 2 November 2016