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Uganda’s Asian exodus revisited – Voice Online

The Curve Theater in Leicester has revealed the full cast who will join this summer to mark the 50th anniversary of Uganda’s exodus to Asia.

Finding Home: The Ugandan Asian Story of Leicester at 50 will see more than 40 community members take the stage at Curve’s Studio Theatre.

Community production Made at Curve features three new plays by local writers whose families have come to the UK from Uganda. Ruka by Chandni Mistry, a play for families and children, will be performed on July 30 and 31, August 5 and 6.

Call Me By My Name by Dilan Raithatha and Ninety Days by Ashok Patel will be presented as a double bill, with evening performances from Friday July 29th to Saturday August 6th.

Commissioned by the University of Leicester, the three plays are directed by Mandeep Glover, who

previously trained at Curve as Resident Assistant Manager. Curve Resident Creative Kesha Raithatha will join as choreographer, set and costume design will come from Eleanor Field, with an intern assistant

Director Octavia Nyombi and intern choreographer and dance captain Velash Mistry.

Anita Amano, Aaron Bakrac, Radhika Bhogaita, Neel Dave, Julia Koziol, Aadi Mahj, Eliab Million, Christian Obokoh, Usha Pathak, Tejal Purohit, Ged Rains, Mauvni Rathod and Billie Venus will perform at Ruka.

Call Me By My Name will feature artists Denzel Chakauya, Amit Chudasama, Sanjay Dattani, Andreea Ghervan, Hemanti Joshi, Rajen Joshi, Yusuf Karim, Manas Kotak, Reema Mistry, Velash Mistry, Urvi Modha, Brendon Muskwe, Billy Aurelia Ooi, Dhruv Pandya, Sheetal Pandaya, Bina Patel, Nicholas Alphonso Pereira, Chandni Premgi, Aashni Sawjani and Jishnu Soni.

The cast of Ninety Days will include Anish Chauhan, Sanjay Dattani, Chisenga Malama, Rav Moore, Nathan Obokoh, Sneya Rajani and Billie Venus.

Curve Managing Director Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said: “The story of Uganda’s South Asian exodus to Leicester is one that begins with trauma and upheaval for so many. 50 years later, it is undoubtedly a story of resilience and triumph over adversity.

In this historic and hugely important year for our city, we are proud to work with over 40 local actors and creatives to celebrate and reflect on the past 50 years and are thrilled to see these incredible stories unfold on stage and through events. at Curves. Directed by talented local director Mandeep Glover and Leicester writers Chandni Mistry, Ashok Patel and Dilan Raithatha, these plays are a beautiful exploration of the stories of the past 50 years and ultimately a celebration of this extraordinary community. We are grateful to all who participate and to our production partners, the University of Leicester.

Nishan Canagarajah, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, said: “The arrival of thousands of Ugandan Asians in Leicester fifty years ago was a significant moment which helped make Leicester one of the the most culturally diverse in the UK. The University of Leicester celebrates diversity in all its forms and we are proud to sponsor these productions at the Curve

theater. They recognize the resilience of the families who have been displaced and they celebrate the fantastic contributions they have made to Leicester over the past fifty years.

On August 4, 50 years to the day after former Ugandan President Idi Amin ordered the country’s Indian and Pakistani community to leave within 90 days, audiences can join a pre-show panel discussion at Curve.

Hosted by Rajiv Popat, speakers will include Leicester Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, writer Chandni Mistry, family law lawyer and co-founder of South Asian Heritage Month Jasvir Singh and Manzoor Moghal, a leader of the local community who arrived in Leicester from Uganda in 1972.

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