No Dogs, No Indians
Posted August 1, 2017
No Dogs, No Indians played to sell-out crowds at the Brighton Festival, Southbank Centre, Norwich Arts Centre, and Live Theatre, Newcastle. Below are review quotes and audience responses:
‘This beautiful work by poet Siddhartha Bose [...] The excellent acting makes this into an arresting and exciting show [...] the four actors deliver a performance that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Whether this show is your first introduction to Indian history, heritage and culture, or you’re already familiar with it, No Dogs, No Indians will surprise and satisfy you’- Everything Theatre
‘An ambitious if sprawling examination of the deep scars of the British Empire, both personal and political [...] in a country used to a sanitised, flag-waving version of its history, where the British Empire is fetishised and its victims erased, the piece should be lauded for its ambition’- The Stage
‘Siddhartha Bose’s state of the nation epic [...] Performances shine in this dark play.’- Eastern Daily Express
‘Wow!’- BBC Radio London
‘There is a real subtlety in the writing, with no attempt to make this a flag-waving piece for any particular cause [...] The sparse set and excellent direction from Russell Bender perfectly convey the differing time periods and proves that lavish stages are an irrelevance in modern theatre. Archana Ramaswamy, Omar Khan and Ashraf Ejjbair handle multiple roles with ease, and Komal Amin is an inspirational figure as Rani’- 5*, Once Upon a Tyne
‘Highly engaging [...] if you if you have the chance to catch this play, you should’- Live Theatre Blog
‘Entertaining and Enjoyable’- British Theatre Guide
‘No Dogs, No Indians is without a doubt one of the most amazing performances out there, trumping most movies in dialogue, character and plot. I cannot recommend it enough.’- Ravenclaw Book Club
‘Plenty of ambition in this sweeping history of modern India – definitely a Brighton festival highlight for me.’
‘Well acted and powerful.’
‘Fabulous performance at Live Theatre. Still thinking about it!’
‘Effervescent performances and an absorbing story’
Details of the cast available here.
The play is also available as a book.
Read Siddhartha’s essay in OpenDemocracy here.