Heart of Madness
A journey into the heart of a mystical Baul singer crosses over into a British Bangladeshi woman’s quest for fulfilment.
Written by Raminder Kaur, Directed by Mukul Ahmed
Celebrate the poetry, songs and message of a great Bengali Baul from the nineteenth century, Lalon Shah. Lalon stood for harmonious living against social orthodoxy and religious extremism - as relevant now as it was then.
This new drama cuts between pre-partition Bengal to contemporary Bangladesh where a woman, Luna, from Whitechapel, is visiting the Lalon Mela, a festival commemorating the legendary philosopher that is organized on the bank of river Kaliganga in Kushtia.
What follows blows her mind…and her heart.
Work in Progress (filmed theatre online) 20th November 2020 2.15pm
Full film 19th December 2020 Details TBC
Thanks to: Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants, A Season of Bangla Drama, University of Sussex Asia Centre, QMUL Pinter Studio, Tower Hamlets Council, Tamarind Theatre, Inward Arts and Asian communities.