Help Bring Trident Moon to the Finborough Theatre

To help workshOPERA and Anusree Roy stage the world premiere of Trident Moon at the Finborough Theatre in London

Director Anna Pool, in association with workshOPERA, and award winning Canadian playwright Anusree Roy have been offered an amazing opportunity to collaborate with London’s Finborough Theatre. This opportunity will see Roy undertake the UK debut of her work, but will also provide her stunning new play Trident Moon with it’s world premiere. We hope you may be able to show us some sponsorship support.

The Project:

The Finborough Theatre has commissioned the world premiere of Trident Moon, which will be playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Monday and Tuesday matinees from Sunday, 9 October 2016.

India, 1947. Six women, three Muslim and three Hindu, hide inside a coal truck as it speeds through the newly divided Hindustan. Nothing will prevent Alia getting to West Bengal. Her former employers are now her captives and she will have revenge for what they have done, even if she has to harm the child she has spent her life raising.

Violence and hatred threaten to engulf those inside the truck, as thick and terrifying as that which can be heard outside in the streets. But suddenly the truck stops, and the women must find what unites them in order to have any chance of survival...

The partition in India forced its people to make a crucial decision, whether to risk making the journey and forge an uncertain future in another country or to stay in subjugation under another community. It is estimated that around 14 million Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus were displaced during the partition. In 2016, over 9 million people fled their homes due to rising religious violence. In the run up to next year's 70th anniversary of India's partition, Trident Moon is an extraordinary opportunity to explore the lives of women caught in the crossfire. In Trident Moon Anusree Roy endeavors to give voice to these female experiences. An important story to be told in light of the upcoming anniversary of the partition but also considering the current global refugee crisis and acknowledging, in particular, women’s often unique experience of religious violence.

Trident Moon at the Finborough:

The Finborough Theatre specialises in presenting thought provoking and stimulating new work, just one of the many reasons why collaborating with them on Trident Moon would be such a great opportunity. The Finborough Theatre has an unparalleled track record of maintaining an excellence throughout all their work, despite remaining completely unfunded, on a par with the larger subsidised theatres. The work that the Finborough produces is well-regarded and respected critically as well as within the theatrical community. Its support for new writing, and the work of emerging international playwrights, means that it is the perfect venue to showcase Roy’s work in the UK. Working with the Finborough and their Artistic Director Neil McPherson would provide a wonderful platform for Trident Moon’s world premiere. One of the Finborough’s recent world premieres It Is Easy To Be Dead was nominated for 7 OffWestEnd Awards including Best New Play, Best Director and Best Male Performance. They have also received many other prestigious awards such as Best Venue in 2015 at the UK Studio Theatre Awards, and the London Theatre Reviews' The Empty Space Peter Brook Award in 2012.

“The Finborough's achievement is a mighty one, doing more for new writing on little or no money than some other, better-funded theatres" Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

"Earl’s Court rather than the South Bank seems the place to find the internationally-minded repertory due from a national theatre company." Timothy Ramsden, Reviewsgate.com

"Not for the first time, one looks to the Finborough to come up with the most compelling play in London." Michael Billington, The Guardian

Meet the Creatives:

Playwright Anusree Roy emigrated to Canada from Kolkata, India, at age 17. Her 2007 play Pyaasa won two Dora Mavor Moore Awards including Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance (Female). Her subsequent plays have included Letters to My Grandma, Roshni and Brothel #9. Brothel #9 won the Carol Bolt Award and the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play in 2011, and was a nominee for the Governor General's Award for English-language Drama at the 2012 Governor General's Awards. She has also won the RBC Emerging Artist Award, the K. M. Hunter Award and the Siminovitch Protege Prize. She has premiered two operas, Noor over Afghan and The Golden Boy. She has been Playwright-in-Residence at Canadian Stage, Theatre Passe Muraille, Nightwood Theatre, Factory Theatre and the Blyth Festival. Trident Moon sees her bring her bring her work to a UK audience for the first time.

Director Anna Pool devised and directed the world premiere and national tour of Dust Child as the youngest director and librettist ever engaged by the Olivier Award winning company, English Touring Opera. She is Artistic Director of interactive theatre company workshOPERA, nominated for a 2016 New British Music Theatre Award for their productions of Boys of Paradise (EGG LDN and Tete a Tete Festival) and Seven Velvet Suits (BasicSpace Festival). Other direction includes Il Parnaso Confuso (Wilton's Music Hall), Songs for a New World (Silk Street Theatre, Barbican) and Contactless (Theatre N16). Anna is a Staff/Assistant Director for Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, St. James Theatre and the Finborough Theatre. Trident Moon will be her first collaboration with Roy, an incredible opportunity to tell a story often forgotten from our history books.

Designer Anna Driftmier is an artistic director and scenographer whose work extends across the US and Europe.  She works to produce visually powerful, genre-breaking new and revived pieces of work. She has collaborated with organisations including the Barbican Centre and Dash Arts as well as produces designs for English Touring Opera Company, workshOPERA, and across London’s Off West-End and Fringe theatres. As an assistant she has worked with such companies and venues as The Whitney Museum of American Art, Punchdrunk, Trafalgar Studios 2, Southwark Playhouse, and Theatre503. Anna has previously collaborated with Pool and workshOPERA on Dust Child, Seven Velvet Suits and East O’ the Sun, West O’ the Moon and her ambitious, immersive and dynamic designs make her an asset to the Trident Moon creative team.

Why We Need You:

The shame associated with the violence against women during the partition still resonates, continuing to conceal accounts on all sides. 70 years on, Trident Moon attempts to respond to the stories of the victims and survivors of this gender-based violence. Sadly, as with so many of women’s experiences during war, there are many stories from 1947 that will never be told. Working with the Finborough Theatre will allow us to discuss a side of India’s history that remains in many ways unrepresented in the theatre. Performing Trident Moon will also create an amazing opportunity to connect with local south Asian communities in London so close to the 70th anniversary of the partition.

We have been given an incredible opportunity by the Finborough Theatre to bring this astonishing play into production. In order for us to use it to its full potential we need to raise a minimum of £1500. This fundraising will enable us to pay the rent that the Theatre requires in order to keep producing ground-breaking new work in London. This support is pivotal to the success of this production. For this reason, we ask you to be generous enough to sponsor us, as such you will be helping to fund a company committed to telling a story that we are so passionate about at a time that we believe couldn’t be more crucial.

Thank you for your support!

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Thank You!