October 2001 — December 2001


by Deepak Verma based on Emile Zola's Thérèse Raquin

“Kristine Landon-Smith’s direction is coolly understated…the glowing heat of her production does deliver a scalding climax.”

Evening Standard

Raj is a sickly young man who works as a petty railway clerk. He is married to his cousin, Rani, and the couple live with Raj’s mother who runs the family’s fabric shop, the mundane rhythm of their lives punctuated only by weekly games of carrom. One day Nitin, an old school friend of Raj, comes to visit and Rani finds herself drawn to his apparent passion for life like a moth to a flame, unleashing a chain of events with tragic consequences…

GHOSTDANCING is a classic tale of adultery and murder, skilfully transposed to a small town in present day Punjab.


Director Kristine Landon-Smith

Designer Sue Mayes

Lighting Designers Chris Davey and Tim Bray

Composer Felix Cross

Movement Director Lawrence Evans

Costume Supervisor Nujma Yousef

Animation Advisor Manju Gregory

Original Cast

Shammi Aulakh

Anjali Jay

Sameena Zehra

Simon Nagra

Rehan Sheikh