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Based on the true story of her great uncle and freedom fighter Dinesh Gupta, Lions and Tigers is Tanika Gupta’s most personal play yet. It charts Dinesh Gupta’s emotional and political awakening as this extraordinary 19 year old pits himself against the British Raj.
About the Author
Tanika Gupta has written for theatre, radio, film and television. Aside from the works published by Oberon , her stage plays include Voices On The Wind (NT Studio), Skeleton (Soho Theatre), On The Couch With Enoch (Red Room - BAC) and The Waiting Room (NT) which won the John Whiting Award. She has also translated Brecht's The Good Woman of Setzuan for the National Theatre Education Touring and written plays for Theatre Royal Stratford East's Young Actor's Company Brood and Squid . Tanika is an Honorary Fellow at Rose Bruford College and was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2008 for Services to Drama.
'This ambitious, driving play... swings from dense history lecture to intimate storytelling, where Gupta’s writing is at its most playful and potent... friends and family spar and banter; this is where Gupta makes her sharpest and funniest observations about politics, gender roles and internalised oppression.' The Guardian ★★★★
'Rather than dwelling on partition’s effects, Tanika Gupta’s new play celebrates the spirit of independence that preceded it... she offers a fresh perspective on familiar history — and on well-known figures such as Nehru and Gandhi.' Evening Standard ★★★★
'Tanika Gupta's new play... achieves balance, not spin... constantly reveal[s] both our capacity for cruelty and humanity.' WhatsOnStage ★★★★
'What comes across strongly is the sense of a youth revolution... the cast playing Dinesh’s family and friends bring warmth to Gupta’s incisive account of the web of politics and everyday abuses in which India was caught... a powerfully illuminating look at history.' The Stage