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No Dogs, No Indians - Ashraf Ejjbair takes over Navinder Bhatti’s roles

Casting news

THE cast of Siddhartha Bose’s No Dogs, No Indians now includes Ashraf Ejjbair, who will take over Navinder Bhatti’s roles of a 21st century Mumbaiker and a 1930s revolutionary.

Ejjbair’s recent theatre credits include Mind the Gap (National Theatre) and The House of In Between (Theatre Royal Stratford East).

Previously Posted: Casting has been announced for Siddhartha Bose’s No Dogs, No Indians, which visits the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall (Blue Room) on May 21, 2017, as part of a UK tour.

A company of four British/South Asian actors will take roles in this new play, which examines three generations of resistance, sacrifice and discovery at the end of the British Empire in India and in the years that followed.

The play draws on the tragic and little known story of Pritilata Waddedar, a female philosophy graduate who joined a revolutionary group in pre-independence India. The role will be taken by Komal Amin, who previously worked with Kali Theatre and Strongback Productions.

Omar Khan joins the cast as Shyamal having started his career as a TV presenter on Sony TV’s View Asia, before going on to appear in five Bollywood films, including the smash hit Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. He also voices the character Mr. Nibblitt on the CBeebies cartoon Boj.

Taking on roles as a 21st century Mumbaiker and a 1930s revolutionary, Navinder Bhatti has performed at venues including the National Theatre (King Lear), Nottingham Playhouse, (The Revenger’s Tragedy) and Chichester Festival Theatre (Ross).

Completing the cast is Archana Ramaswamy, best known for her roles as Hippolyta and Titania in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s critically acclaimed 2006 Indian A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a multilingual version directed by Tim Supple.

This summer it will be 70 years since the signing of the 1947 Indian Independence Act, the creation of Pakistan and the conclusion of 350 years of the British Empire in India. Marking the anniversary year, No Dogs, No Indians, will premiere at Brighton Festival, whose Guest Director this year is Kate Tempest, ahead of a UK tour to venues including London’s Southbank Centre as part of Alchemy 2017.

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