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Banyan Tree to tour

Published: 7 January 2019
Reporter: Sheila Connor

Shamser Sinha's Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree, which originally played at Polka Theatre in September 2018, is to head off on a UK tour from January to March 2019 in a co-production from Tara Arts and Polka Theatre.

Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree, for children aged 7 to 12 years, is the first stage adaptation of The Panchatantra (India's Aesop's Fables) in the UK and is directed by Tara Arts Artistic Director Jatinder Verma.

Near the foothills of the Himalayas, three refugees open a magical book under a banyan tree. Stories of a headstrong crow, a brave mongoose and a tortured tiger are brought to life using masks, movement and music.

This three-hander features Rose-Marie Christian as Jayaben, Halema Hussain as Yasmin and Raj Swamy as Mahendra.

Verma said, "bringing stories such as Shamser Sinha's brilliant new take on India's classic fables reminds us that diversity is for all, young and old, offering powerful ways for making connections with other cultures and worlds."