A new spoken word theatre show 'Mother Tongues from Farther Lands' features fearless and funny stories from South Asian women.

Through a series of lively regional workshops, Sajeela Kershi fused professional performers Shobu Kapoor, Shobna Gulati and journalist Shyama Perera together with non performers from Britain’s South Asian communities.

The result of this unique creative exchange is an absorbing collection of moving and entertaining stories that address the gender imbalance experienced in South Asian communities.

The devised monologues show the strength, tenacity, bravery and humour at the core of these diverse and ‘kick ass’ women!

Shobu Kapoor said, “Telling another person's story puts a huge responsibility on my shoulders.

"I have to honour them but also try and be as three-dimensional as possible, which means shedding light also on the shadow side of someone's personality. 

"Hopefully, an emotionally rounded portrayal draws the audience in in a way that a totally factual rendering may not, and the people whose stories I'm telling feel that they and their experiences have been truthfully told." 

Shobna Gulati added, “It's been a wonderful opportunity to work within  a female-led team of diverse artists where we can engage with, recognise and celebrate the contributions of  women from our communities from all backgrounds in and outside of London; with a view to share our experiences of our life journeys, finding a collective joy, freedom to release and solace.”


Title: Mother Tongues from Farther Lands  Age: 14+ 
Duration: 70 minutes, no interval
Entry: Free

Date: Thursday 11 May 
Venue: Oldham Coliseum
Time: 7.30pm 
Guests: Shobu Kapoor, Shyama Perera, Shobna Gulati
Host: Sajeela Kershi 

Date: Saturday 20 May 
Venue: Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall, London
Time: 3.30pm
Guests: Shobu Kapoor, Shobna Gulati, one more TBC
Host: Sajeela Kershi

Date: Tuesday 23rd May
Venue: Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton 
Time: 7.30pm 
Guests: Shobu Kapoor, Shyama Perera, one more TBC
Host: Sajeela Kershi

Date: Saturday 3 June 
Venue: Cast in Doncaster 
Time: 5pm 
Guests: Shobu Kapoor, Shyama Perera, one more TBC
Host:  Sajeela Kershi