This adaption of the Djinns of Eidgah, by contemporary writer Abhishek Majumdar, aims to provide a poignant tale of military occupation and daily life, freedom and dispossession, and bring marginal stories and people to the forefront. With a largely BME cast and crew, the play challenges perspectives in more ways than one. After a highly successful Cambridge run, we want to take this grounbreaking play to the Fringe where this voice given to the historically disempowered will be amplified on a national stage.The positioning of the Fringe as an independent platform that supports art and theatre from the fringe, is ideal for a story that speaks of a people relegated to the fringes of contemporary geopolitical spaces.
MEDIA REVIEWS AT CAMBRIDGE:
“The Djinns of Eidgah is a play I will struggle to forget. This is tragic and haunting theatre that is characterised by a richness and captivating quality throughout. Abhishek Majumdar’s truly remarkable script has been realised in a wonderful production that I cannot stop recommending to others. [This] is an outstanding play that will leave no one unaffected. Your attendance is simply required.”
The Tab Cambridge: ★★★★★
“The Djinns of Eidgah’s deeply personal exploration of the struggle for freedom is one that rings true universally, wherever injustice and abuse of power arise. Everyone involved in this production outdid themselves in bringing this already stellar play to life – I cannot recommend it enough.”
Lucy Writers’ Platform:
“Mishra’s and Kabir’s direction brings new meanings to Majumdar’s work. [...] The lines between tradition and modernity, religion and secularism, are blurred, as we witness the diversities of experience and resistance among the characters. The production does not shy away from portraying the unflinching and visceral reality of war, and complicates our understandings of the desire for freedom.”
SYNOPSIS OF PLAY:
‘The Djinns of Eidgah’ set in occupied Kashmir is a haunting, heartfelt and political play written by Abhishek Majumdar and combines multiple storylines. In this poignant tale of friendship and resistance, teenage footballers Bilal and Khaled attempt to understand what it means to be free in the world's most densely militarised region. Dr. Baig, a psychiatrist set out to cure Ashrafi and a nation of its rage, struggles against his dead son's accusations. As the drama unfolds, two soldiers stationed in the occupied state are unable to read the complex chain of events and must choose between the misery of the people they encounter and what they have been trained to believe. The djinns are many and appear to terrorise and derail tales of friendship and talks of peace. The play depicts the confusion and violence in occupied regions and at the same time redeems it through the use of folklore, friendly banter about football and sincere political dialogue.