Colours of Hope
Directed by Showmi Das & Claudia J Haley
Written by Claudia Jazz Haley and The Rokeya Project Collective
The Rokeya Project uses shadow puppetry, contemporary and Indian dance, and a multicultural cast, to focus on a key moment in the history of women's’ empowerment across two continents. The tale follows the parallel stories of two young girls - Freya in England and Asha in India, and how two awe-inspiring women, Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain and Emmeline Pankhurst affected their lives during the turbulent times of the early 1900’s.
It is easy to take women’s rights for granted and yet we must not forget the sacrifices made in order to obtain the right to vote such as the ultimate price paid by Emily Davison’s under the Kings Horse nearly 100 years ago. The Rokeya Project is dedicated to raising the profile of the struggle for equality and reminding us how hard life was for women in the UK and India prior to 1918.
Duration: 60 minutes
A Season of Bangla Drama produced by London Borough of Tower Hamlets
In it's 10th year, the Season aims to bring new work and old favourites by British Bengalis chronicling the Bengali/Sylheti experiences to audiences in locally accessible venues at an affordable price. Working together on a single season has enabled new writing and bringing the work of each company to a broader focus.