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Bhuchar Boulevard in association with East London Genes & Health presents

Golden Hearts

Friday 27 January
Venue 1
From £8.00
to £10.00
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member

In a nutshell

A poignant look at the inheritance of loss in Asian families

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Raj Rani’s heart is failing
Lila sings at the bedside to soothe Edna’s troubles
A girl is looking for her father’s hug
Shiv has been given a second chance and an “upgrade”

Through an autobiographical lens, Sudha Bhuchar shares fractured fragments and verbatim material underscored with iconic songs. As ‘Artist in Residence’ at East London Genes & Health (ELGH), Sudha Bhuchar is crafting Golden Hearts as a creative response; sharing her family’s personal experience of the legacy of heart disease which is mirrored in the communities in East London. The piece has been inspired by shared stories and song gathered through research and engagement work in the Asian Community, through ELGH’s volunteer programme and cardiology patients at St George’s hospital Tooting, where a scratch of Golden Hearts was first performed.

What to expect

The event is a ‘script in hand’ performance of a theatre piece which will be performed by a cast of seven, including Sudha Bhuchar. There will be live singing underscoring the text and also at the beginning of the event. Following the show there will be a short feedback session which will be chaired by Samira Ahmed - audience members are encouraged to stay and contribute to the conversation. 

Who's Involved?

Sudha Bhuchar is an actor/playwright and co-founder of Tamasha theatre company. Her landmark plays include Small fish, big Cheese (Unicorn’s Class Acts festival), Child of the divide and most recently the critically acclaimed My Name is…  Acting credits include Eastenders, Doctors, Stella for Sky TV. Sudha is currently appearing in Coronation Street.

ELGH is the world’s largest long term community based genetic study which will analyse the genes and health of 100,000 local people of Bangladeshi and Pakistani origin. The risk of dying early from heart disease is twice as high among South Asian groups compared with the general population.

What people are saying

'What the play recognised was the potential for positive cross-cultural encounters'   Samira Ahmed, journalist, writer & broadcaster

'You have something here I know a lot of Asians will connect to and others will be surprised and moved by' Satinder Chohan, writer Made In India

'It touches us in many ways; we witness great love and great loss, endings and new beginnings.'  Karen Spicer, actor

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'Rich Mix is a vibrant hub that encourages artists to be truly themselves'

Find out more


Twitter: @BhucharBvrd

Things you should know

There are some songs in Hindi and Swahili and some dialogue in Punjabi

This event is suitable for ages 14+

This event is wheelchair accessible.

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