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1659. Mughal India. Dara, the crown prince, has the love of the people, but brother Aurangzeb holds a different vision for India's future. Islam inspires poetry in Dara, puritanical rigour in Aurangzeb. Can Jahanara, their sister, assuage Aurangzeb's resolve to purge the empire? Dara was originally produced in Pakistan; this adaptation premiered at the National Theatre in 2015.
About the Author
Shahid Nadeem is founder and Executive Director of Ajoka Theatre and also a renowned theatre and television director. He has directed many popular Pakistani TV drama serials and stage plays including Burqavaganza, Hotel Mohenjo Daro, Amrika Chalo/Destination USA and Dara. His telefilm An Act of Terror received a Scottish BAFTA nomination in 2009 and was screened at London's Asian Film Festival. His documentary on the late Bishop John Joseph, A Sun Sets In, was selected by South Asian Film Festival for worldwide screening. His telefilm Mujahid was screened at the Asia Society, New York, in 2004. He produced documentaries on human rights for Amnesty International in 1991-92. Shahid served on the Pakistan Television Corporation in various capacities including as a producer, general manager, Director of Programmes and Deputy Managing Director. He has been associated with the BBC Urdu Service, with the Pakistani newspapers including The Herald, Newsline and Daily Times, with the Indian magazine, Frontline, and with Zee News. Tanya Ronder is a celebrated playwright who trained at RADA and spent fourteen years working as an actress before turning to writing. Her 2007 adaptation of DBC Pierre's Booker Prize-winning novel Vernon God Little was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play as well as a What's On Stage Award for Best New Comedy and was revived by the Young Vic in 2011 as part of their anniversary season. In 2009, she adapted JM Barrie's much-loved children's book, Peter Pan, which played to critical acclaim at Kensington Gardens' twelve hundred seat tent and then moved to the O2 for Christmas before touring America. It toured again in the summer of 2014. Her original play Table opened to critical acclaim in the Shed at the National Theatre in 2013. Other credits include Liola which opened at the National Theatre's Lyttleton in 2013 and Dara which opened in January 2015, again in the Lyttleton.