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Full Cast Announced For The World Premiere Of WHEN THE CROWS VISIT At The Kiln Theatre


With Blues in the Night about to open at the theatre, and The Son soon to transfer to the West End, Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham, today announces the full cast for her production of the world première of Anupama Chandrasekhar's When the Crows Visit - Ayesha Dharker (Hema), Bally Gill (Akshay), Mariam Haque (Uma / Kavita), Asif Khan (Gopi / Inspector), Aryana Ramkhalawon (Ragini), Paul G Raymond (David) and Soni Razdan (Jaya). The production opens on 29 October, with previews from 23 October, and runs until 30 November.

...and all the sins of his father and his forefathers came out of his body, through the pores of his skin, in the form of crows.

When a son returns home after being accused of a violent crime, a mother is forced to confront the ghosts of her past when the crows visit.

Inspired by true events in modern-day India, Anupama Chandrasekhar explores the themes of Ibsen's Ghosts and the cyclical nature of oppression in a dark and thrilling world première.

Indhu Rubasingham said today, "I am thrilled to be working with such a talented cast on Anu's new play. I first worked with Anu 12 years ago at the Royal Court. She had come through their brilliant international programme. In my opinion, she is the most important voice coming out of India and it is a real privilege to be directing and producing her new play here at Kiln Theatre."

Ayesha Dharker returns to Kiln Theatre to play Hema - she previously appeared in White Teeth. Her theatre credits include The Island Nation (Arcola Theatre), Arabian Nights, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC), Anita and Me (Birmingham REP and Theatre Royal Stratford East), Dr Faustus (Bristol Old Vic), Bombay Dreams (West End and Broadway) and The Ramayana (National Theatre/Birmingham REP). For television her credits include Indian Summers, Critical, The Indian Doctor, Little Crackers, Coronation Street (as series regular Tara Mandal), Doctor Who, Bodies, Waking the Dead, Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee and A Mouthful of Sky; and for film, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Anita and Me, Arabian Nights, Red Alert: The War Within, Mad Sad & Bad, Loins of Punjab Presents, Outsourced, Colour Me Kubrick, The Mistress of Spices.

Bally Gill plays Akshay. For theatre, his credits include Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Coriolanus, Salome, Vice Versa, Always Orange, Fall of the Kingdom, Rise of the Foot Soldier (RSC), The Island Nation (Arcola Theatre), A Local Boy (Arts Theatre), Dinner with Saddam (Menier Chocolate Factory) and The Bureau of Lost Things (Theatre503). He received the Ian Charleson Award for his portrayal of Romeo. For television, his work includes Wanderlust and NW.

Mariam Haque plays Uma / Kavita. Theatre includes Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth (RSC), Home Truths (Cardboard Citizens/Bunker Theatre), Primetime (Royal Court Theatre), Diana of Dobsons (New Vic Theatre), Dara, Behind the Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre), Almost Near, Hurried Steps (Finborough Theatre), Twelve (Kali Theatre), Leon and the Place Between (Building Site Theatre Company/Unicorn Theatre), The House of Bilquis Bibi (Hampstead Theatre), Monster Under the Bed (Polka Theatre), Hearts and Mind (Khayaal Theatre) and Au Revoir les Enfants (European tour). For television, her work includes Flowers, Black Mirror, Shut up and Dance and Hunted; and for film Benjamin and Undercliff, Smear and The Long Weekend.

Asif Khan returns to Kiln Theatre to play Gopi / Inspector - he previously appeared in Multitudes and Handbagged (also UK tour). His other theatre work includes Paradise of the Assassins (Tara Arts), The Hypocrite (RSC/Hull Truck), Queen of the Nile (Hull Truck), Snookered (Bush Theatre/Tamasha), Love, Bombs and Apples (Kennedy Centre/Park Theatre), A Passage to India (Park Theatre), Tartuffe (Swan Theatre), Twelfth Night (National Theatre), The Snow Queen (Unicorn Theatre), Mixed up North (Out of Joint) and Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi (Arcola Theatre). For television, his work includes Diana and I, Spooks, Doctor Who, The Dumping Ground, Dark Matters, Going Postal, Man Down, Stath Lets Flats and Bradford Riots; and for film, Love Type D.

Aryana Ramkhalawon plays Ragini. Her theatre credits include The Funeral Director (Southwark Playhouse and UK tour), The Tempest, Swallows and Amazons, Much Ado About Nothing (Storyhouse/Grosvenor Park Rep Company), The Secret Seven (Storyhouse), Hijabi Monologues (Bush Theatre), Devika, Ode to Leeds (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Glasgow Girls (National Theatre of Scotland UK tour). Her television work includes Waterloo Road, Drama Matters: Lawless, Crime Stories, Bollywood Carmen and Jamillah and Aladdin.

Paul G Raymond plays David. For theatre, his work includes Pity (Royal Court Theatre). For television, his credits include Black Mirror, Kiri and The Windsors.

Soni Razdan plays Jaya. Her theatre work includes The Collector, Band Darwaze and Arms and the Man. For television, her credits include Jesus of Nazareth, Padosi, Buniyaad, Aur Phir Ek Din, This Way Up, Good Karma Hospital; and for film, 36 Chowringhee Lane, Mandi, Saaransh, Khamosh, Such a Long Journey, Page 3, No Fathers in Kashmir, Yours Truly, Raazi. Razdan also directs and is currently developing a screen version of Manju Kapoor's book Difficult Daughters, set around the time of Partition of India.

Anupama Chandrasekhar's plays include The Snow Queen (Trestle Theatre Company at Unicorn Theatre, India and UK tour), Disconnect (Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago; San Jose Rep Theatre; Západo?eské Divadlo, Cheb, Czech Republic; German Premier Landes Theater, Linz and Royal Court Theatre), Free Outgoing (Traverse Theatre and Royal Court Theatre), Acid (directed the play for The Madras Players, Chennai; Writer's Bloc Festival of New Plays at Prithvi Theatre and NCPA, Mumbai), Whiteout (staged as part of Royal Court Theatre's 50th Anniversary celebrations broadcast on BBC World Service), Kabaddi- Kabaddi (Royal Court Theatre - staged as part of the International Season and at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival), Anytime, Anywhere (short play commissioned by Kimaaya and staged in Bangalore) Across Creation (Mellow Circle, Chennai), and Closer Apart (developed with The Madras Players as part of the British Council playwriting workshop).

Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre Indhu Rubasingham directs. Her work for the company includes Wife, Holy Sh!t, White Teeth, Red Velvet (which transferred to New York and later to the Garrick Theatre as part of the Kenneth Branagh Season) and Handbagged (winner of Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre - also West End, UK tour, Washington DC and New York). Other productions for Kiln Theatre include The Invisible Hand, A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, Multitudes, The House That Will Not Stand, Paper Dolls, Women, Power and Politics, Stones in His Pockets, Detaining Justice, The Great Game: Afghanistan, Fabulation and Starstruck. Other theatre credits include Ugly Lies the Bone, The Motherf**cker with the Hat (Evening Standard Award for Best Play), The Waiting Room (all National Theatre), The Ramayana (National Theatre/ Birmingham Rep), Belong, Disconnect, Free Outgoing, Lift Off, Clubland, The Crutch and Sugar Mummies (Royal Court), Ruined (Almeida), Yellowman and Anna in the Tropics (Hampstead Theatre), Secret Rapture and The Misanthrope (Minerva, Chichester), Romeo and Juliet (Chichester Festival Theatre ), Pure Gold (Soho Theatre), The No Boys Cricket Club and Party Girls (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Wuthering Heights (Birmingham REP), Heartbreak House (Watford Palace Theatre), Sugar Dollies and Shakuntala (Gate Theatre), A River Sutra (Three Mill Island Studios), Rhinoceros (UC Davis, California) and A Doll's House (Young Vic). Her production of The Great Wave is currently running at the National Theatre in a co-production with Kiln Theatre.

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