Casting Announced for Pink Sari Revolution

Posted on 24 August 2017

Casting has just been announced for the world premiere of Pink Sari Revolution, our stage adaptation of Amana Fontanella-Khan’s critically acclaimed book of the same title, on from Weds 11 – Sat 21 October. The show tells the real-life story of Sampat Pal, leader of the notorious, grass roots feminist movement ‘The Gulabi Gang’. Based in India’s rural Uttar Pradesh province, the gang now numbers over 400,000 members in a part of the world where violence towards women is rife.

Taking the lead role of Sampat Pal is Syreeta Kumar, an actress who is known for her frequent work with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), as well as roles in television such as Apple Tree Yard and films including Notes on a Scandal. Belgrade Theatre audiences will also recognise her from her role as Dr Gupta in the award-winning play Made in India which premiered on the B2 stage earlier this year before embarking on a successful UK tour.

The company will be completed by Goldy Notay (It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, Bend it Films and Handful of Henna, Sheffield Crucible), Munir Khairdin (Whitechapel, Carnival Films and As You Like it, Curve), Ronak Patani (Macbeth, National Theatre and Primetime, Royal Court), Sharan Phull (Romeo and Juliet, National Theatre and The Importance of Being Earnest, Curve) and Ulrika Krishnamurti (Made in India, UK National tour and Rockford, Sic Productions).
The production has been adapted for the stage by Indian playwright Purva Naresh, winner of the United Nations Laadli Media Award for her work on gender. Olivier award winner Tim Lutkin will provide the lighting design for the show, while longstanding Curve collaborator Designer Isla Shaw (The Importance of Being Earnest, Wipers, The Witches) will create the set and costumes.

Incorporating elements of traditional Indian music and dance, composition and sound design is by Indian Artist Naren Chandavarkar and Curve Associate Artist Aakash Odedra will provide movement direction.

Pink Sari Revolution will be directed by Curve Associate Director Suba Das, whose previous work includes the critically acclaimed Wipers and the world premiere of Indian Musician and Composer Ravi Shankar’s only opera Sukanya.