"Living icon" of the pink army celebrated on stage
To mark 70 years of partition between India and Pakistan, the Belgrade will be bringing a new adaptation of Pink Sari Revolution, the true story of contemporary Indian social activist Sampat Pal, to the stage this autumn.
Based on the book by journalist Amana Fontanelle-Khan, Pink Sari Revolution dramatises the work of the formidable and controversial Pal (pictured above), who leads a 400,000 strong female army, the Gulabi Gang, to fight for the welfare and empowerment of women in Utter Pradesh in a uniform of bright pink saris.
Fusing together drama, music and movement, this new production is being created by an award-winning team of Indian and British Indian artists, including director Suba Das and playwright Purva Naresh, and is being staged by the Belgrade in collaboration with Curve Theatre, Leicester, and West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.
It's being presented as part of UK/India 2017, a year-long celebration to mark India's 70 years of independence and showcase Indian and British creativity.
Purva Naresh said: "It is incredible for a playwright to tell the story of someone as extraordinary, complex and divisive as Sampat Pal. As a woman even more so, I am thankful to Curve, Suba Das and Amana Fontanelle-Khan for making it possible for a young international team to put this living icon on stage."
This will be director Suba Das's second production for the Belgrade, following Wipers in 2016, which honoured the contribution of the million South Asian soldiers who fought alongside the British in the First World War.
Tickets from the Belgrade Box Office on 024 7655 3055 or online at www.belgrade.co.uk.