September 1995 — November 1995

A Yearning

adapted by Ruth Carter from Federico García Lorca’s Yerma, directed by Kristine Landon-Smith

“An intelligent, thought-provoking production, opening a surprisingly accurate window into the aims and aspirations of the Punjabi community in our own city.”

Birmingham Weekly Observer

Amar, a bride from India, yearns for a child but her husband Jaz is too preoccupied with his Birmingham minicab firm to see her loneliness. Faced with Amar’s failure to conceive, the community that was once nurturing becomes increasingly stifling…

A transposition of Lorca’s classic to Britain’s Punjabi community, A YEARNING addresses the plight of a woman married into a society where her real worth is measured by her ability to have children. Tamasha was delighted that for this production they were able to secure the renowned acting talents of Zohra Segal.

Original Cast

Riz Abassi

Sudha Bhuchar

Farouque Khan

Surendra Kochar

Archie Panjabi

Zita Sattar

Zohra Segal

Harvey Virdi


Director Kristine Landon-Smith

Designer Sue Mayes

Lighting Designer Paul Taylor

Composer & Musical Director Ansuman Biswas

Literal Translation Gwenda Pandolfi

Sound Designer Mike Furness