To mark International Women’s Day, Baithak UK and the Bagri Foundation will present, for the first time in the UK, the play Broken Images featuring the Indian stage icon and legendary actor Shabana Azmi.
Shabana Azmi is returning to London in a timely and topical new play that speaks of the fears, complexities, contradictions and anxieties our day and age.
Directed by Alyque Padamsee, ‘Broken Images’ is a psychological thriller around the concept of identity, the politics with languages the all-pervasive nature of technology and social media in 21st Century life and is adapted from the acclaimed 2004 Kannada play ‘Odakalu Bimba’ by the playwright Girish Karnad.
The production depicts the tale of two sisters living under the same roof, dependent on each other, but inhabiting different emotional as well as linguistic worlds. The arrangement is fraught as they continually modify and shatter images of each other and of the world around. Shabana Azmi interprets both sisters and their many images, as they morph into one another, in one of the most challenging roles of her career.
Dr Sangeeta Datta, Artistic Director of Baithak UK.said , ‘’We are proud to support Broken Images to advocate female empowerment in this solo female performance and raise awareness of issues of identity and language politics. We are excited to showcase the talent of Shabana Azmi, the powerful writing of Girish Karnad and direction of Alyque Padamsee and production by Rael Padamsee of ACE Productions..
Dr Alka Bagri, from the Bagri Foundation, said: “The Bagri Foundation is delighted to collaborate with Baithak UK, who share our passion of promoting the richness of the arts of South Asia, in presenting the UK premiere of Broken Images with Shabana Azmi. Theatre plays a vital role in enabling us to understand the human psyche as it turns a mirror onto ourselves, and to offer social commentary. The stage is a platform for creativity and self-expression as well as a revelator.”