October 1994 — December 1994

A Shaft of Sunlight

by Abhijat Joshi, directed by Kristine Landon-Smith

“Quite simply one of the most mesmerising and absorbing 80 minutes I have ever spent in a theatre.”

Redditch Observer

Set in 1994 Ahmedabad, A SHAFT OF SUNLIGHT explored the conflict that exists in a marriage between a Hindu and a Muslim, against the backdrop of the explosive communal politics of India.

Originally commissioned for radio by the BBC World Service, Tamasha asked its writer Abhijat Joshi, who was living in India, to adapt A SHAFT OF SUNLIGHT for the stage. Abhijat’s first visit to England proved to be rather beneficial for him: a Bombay film director saw the play in London, and shortly after his return to India, he became a scriptwriter in Bollywood.


Writer Abhijat Joshi

Director Kristine Landon-Smith

Designer Sue Mayes

Lighting Designer Symon Harner

Sound Designer Mike Furness

Original Cast

Sudha Bhuchar

Shiv Grewal

Roomi Sheik

Charubala Chokshi

Mina Anwar