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Pink Sari Revolution at West Yorkshire Playhouse

The real-life story of the formidable Sampat Pal.

West Yorkshire Playhouse has announced details of forthcoming production Pink Sari Revolution, a co-production with Curve and Belgrade Theatre Coventry in association with English Touring Theatre.

In India’s rural Uttar Pradesh province, violence towards women is rife. Sampat Pal, leader of the notorious, working-class feminist movement ‘The Gulabi Gang’, is fighting for change.

With the gang boasting 400,000 members and growing, glowing in a uniform of blazing pink saris, women are finding the strength and empowerment to stand up and fight against the violence in the ‘badlands’ of India.

Pink Sari Revolution tells the real-life story of the formidable Sampat Pal and the gang as they challenge the daily oppression. Based on a book of the same name by the internationally renowned author and journalist Amana Fontanella-Khan, this explosive new drama reveals the real cost of making a stand.

Suba Das in workshop for Pink Sari Revolution. Credit: WYP.

West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining said: “This is a truly inspiring story of how a brave and strong group of women are standing up against the violence and demands a deep patriarchal culture has placed on them.”

Pink Sari Revolution is directed by award-winning theatre director and Curve’s Associate Director Suba Das. The production has been adapted for the stage by Indian playwright Purva Naresh, winner of the United Nations Laadli Media Award for her work on gender.

Taking the lead role of Sampat Pal is Syreeta Kumar, an actor known for her frequent work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as roles in television such as Apple Tree Yard and films including Notes on a Scandal.

Pink Sari Revolution is at West Yorkshire Playhouse from Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th November 2017. Book online at wyp.org.uk or call the Box Office on 0113 213 7700.

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