The lives of an Indian exotic dancer and her embittered mother are altered when a blind stranger visits them.
Set in present-day India, Bombay Black is a powerful story of vengeance, betrayal, and seduction. Playwright Anosh Irani has a wonderful theatrical sensibility and a gift for bringing together magical fables and the gritty reality of Indian street life. The play is the story of Apsara, who lives in Bombay with her mother, making a living by selling erotic dances to wealthy men. When a blind man named Kamal arrives for an appointment, the complex and brutal past of the three characters slowly rises to the surface. Featuring a remarkable poetic text, bold theatrical imagery and a combination of contemporary Bombay bar dancing along with exaggerated lighting, complemented with the Blind man's dark outs, Bombay Black is challenging work by one of Canada's leading playwriting voices.
Poetic, mythic and brave, Indo-Canadian Anosh Irani’s multiple Dora Award-winning and Canadian Governor General nominated play Bombay Black is a searing play set in the bitter reality of India. Funny, violent, humane, and directed by Mumbai-born, Jessie Richardson Theatre Award and Vancouver Fringe Festival Award-winning producer Rohit Chokhani, Bombay Black took the Vancouver Fringe Festival by storm in 2017 with its sold-out run. After strong critical reviews, it was voted amongst the top 20 shows on the stages of Vancouver by The Georgia Straight and was also awarded the Pick of the Fringe Award. It was remounted for a three city, four week regional run in the province of British Columbia, Canada in 2018. It is confirmed for another regional remount for 2020 in the city of Surrey, BC.