From Earlsfield to Soho: Sudha Bhuchar's 'Evening Conversations' opens at Soho Theatre
Evening Conversations, written and performed by Sudha Bhuchar, is part memoir, part political observations on Sudha's artistic journey to date and her sense of place in the world. After premiering at WAF2019, Evening Conversations opened last week at Soho Theatre.
The journey began when Sudha's company, Bhuchar Boulevard, was invited to present a sharing at Sampad, a platform celebrating and supporting South Asian and British Aisian arts in Birmingham. Evening Conversations first took shape as vignettes of conversations between herself as an artist of colour, and her two millennial sons who are of Indian/Pakistani heritage but feel British.
After some warm feedback Sudha felt emboldened to develop the ideas further and applied for support from Wandsworth Council to present the full show for the first time at Tara Theatre (then Tara Arts, where Sudha began her artistic journey) as part of WAF 2019.
What developed was a warm hearted monologue inspired by Sudha’s banter with her dual-heritage millennial sons who have grown up in leafy Wimbledon, while her life has spanned three continents. Sudha invites her boys to ‘crack open a cold one’ and share their views on life. Will her fiercely British sons see their heritage as a place of strength or an unwelcome inheritance?
"It was great to get support from WAF team and as the producer, I remember a wonderful launch at The Bedford and then Sudha doing some publicity at a pedestrian street in Balham. Getting support from our local authority was vital as both of us grew up in Wandsworth and we live locally (me in Wandsworth, and Sudha in Merton)." - Suman Bhuchar
Since the premiere at Tara in 2019 the show has had one-off performances at WOWFestival, Wimbledon BookFest, Revoluton Arts, Luton and then touring was paused due to Covid.
Now, you can catch Evening Conversations during it's current run at Soho Theatre until Nov 12.
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