One man show heads to Queen Mary uni after successful Edinburgh run

A one-man play by an Indian-born east London performer which garnered high praise at the Edinburgh Fringe shows in Mile End this weekend.

Kalagora – a spoken-word theatre piece by Hackney-based artist Siddhartha Bose – will be performed at Queen Mary, University of London’s Harold Pinter studio.

It promises a global journey for audiences while still paying particular attention to east London locations including Whitechapel, Dalston and Hackney Wick.

British actor Julian Sands caught the play during its Edinburgh run and was so impressed that he plugged it on BBC Radio Four describing it as an “extraordinary odyssey”.

Siddhartha, its star and writer, said: “The play traces the journey of the lead character, Kalagora, from Mumbai to New York to east London.


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“It’s a story that will take you all around the world in a very entertaining way and then back to east London.”

It premiered at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green Road last year but its creator, a Leverhulme Fellow at QMUL, has significantly redeveloped it.

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Siddhartha has followed a similar journey himself, having grown up in Calcutta, and lived in the USA before coming to east London seven years ago.

It includes filmed sections in London, New York and Mumbai, including a range of east London locations such as Whitechapel and Ridley Road markets, Brick Lane and footage from the Hackney Wicked Festival.

Siddhartha said: “East London has a very rich history of migration from the 19th century onwards and that’s what the play is about - migration.

“It was very important as a location.”

The play was developed with Whitechapel literary company Penned In The Margins.

It shows on Saturday (December 2) and Sunday and starts at 8pm.

Tickets are �6 on the door and free for Queen Mary students.

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