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Harlesden High Street - Tara Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

HARLESDEN High Street, by Abhishek Majumdar, receives its UK premiere at Tara Theatre, where it runs from Tuesday, June 4 to Saturday, June 22, 2013.

Boasting one of the most diverse populations on the planet, London has an influx of thousands of immigrants every year.

But what happens to this population when the country’s social, financial and political climate is stretched? How are London’s demographically diverse boroughs affected? And what changes and sacrifices have to be made in order to survive?

London. Three Lives. One Day.

Meet Karim, Rehaan and Ammi, three first and second generation Pakistani immigrants trying to make a living, a life and a home in the UK’s cultural capital, London.

Another day on Harlesden High Street and business is not going well. Karim needs to save for Ammi’s operation and time is running out. Rehaan wants to marry Firoza but who will take a man with such pitiful prospects? Something has to change and it has to change soon, but what hope is there when all they can sell is toilet roll and jackfruit?

Incorporating live music, Harlesden High Street is described as a feast for the senses, an explosive exploration of the meaning, value and significance of home. Thought provoking, witty, carefully observed and beautifully written in verse, this is a play for everyone and anyone who has ever lived in London.

Abhishek Majumdar is a playwright, director, teacher and actor based out of Bangalore. He holds Performing Arts Scholarships from Charles Wallace India Trust, the Inlaks Foundation and the London International School of Performing Arts. His plays have won the Hindu MetroPlus Playwright’s award and the Toto Funds the Arts award. He is also a part of the International Playwright’s residency at the Royal Court Theatre, 2011 with his play The Djinns of Eidgah.

Presented by Amy Clamp for Jackdaw in association with Tara Arts, Harlesden High Street is directed by Bethan Dear, Artistic Director of Jackdaw, and designed by Holly Seager. Movement Direction is by Evangelia Kolyra.

Tickets: £13.50, £9.50 concessions. Tuesday, June 4 at 7.30pm and Thursday, June 20 at 1.30pm –all tickets £9.50.

NB: Thursday, June 13 is Gala Night – £30 ticket includes champagne, canapés, live music, Q&A with cast and creative, an auction and more…

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 3pm.

For more information or to book, call the box office on 020 8333 4457 or visit

Read more about Tara’s 2013 Summer Season.