The Big Picture Company
(Touring Production)


"While I agree with you that the play intrigued and beguiled (in spite of the bum-numbing seats!) I have to ask why you felt so given to vitriol against the actor Ben Jones, who - I thought - gave a balanced and sensitive performance as a very human Shahjahan.

In this type of theatre, it is all too easy to play the melodrama and I felt that Ben's performance cut through that to create a naturalistic expose of a normal human being, shackled by power and facing the loss of a wife and a crisis of faith. I felt that his journey from confident ruler, through to broken widower and finally to cracked usurper of God, was both moving and impressive.

I realise that these things are entirely subjective, but do you not feel you have been a little harsh?"

Vaneetha Balasubramaniam

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Multicultural Theatre: Scenes and Monologues from New Hispanic and Asian Playwrights

Multicultural Theatre II: Contemporary Hispanic, Asian and African-American Plays

The Cambridge Guide to Asian Theatre

Taj Mahal

The Moonlight Garden: New Discoveries at the Taj Mahal
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White Teeth by Zadie Smith

East is East DVD

Monsoon Wedding DVD

Bend It Like Beckham DVD

Lagaan DVD

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Forthcoming Performances

Riverside Studios, London
4th February 2003 to 22nd February 2003