May 2022 — June 2022
Lotus Beautyby Satinder Chohan, directed by Pooja Ghai
Presented by Hampstead Downstairs/Celia Atkin, in association with Tamasha Theatre Company
“Women come, women go. We pamper them, preen them, make them beautiful. Make small talk. Never know what’s really under their skin.”
LOTUS BEAUTY follows the intertwined lives of five multigenerational women, inviting us into Reita’s salon where clients can wax lyrical about their day’s tiny successes or have their struggles massaged, plucked or tweezed away. But with honest truths and sharp-witted barbs high among the treatments on offer, will the power of community be enough to raise the spirits of everyone who passes through the salon doors?
Satinder Chohan makes her Hampstead debut. Previous credits include ZAMEEN (Kali Theatre), KABADDI KABADDI KABADDI (Pursued By A Bear/Kali Theatre), HALF OF ME and MADE IN INDIA (Tamasha).
Artistic Director of Tamasha, Pooja Ghai directs her first production at Hampstead. A former Associate of Theatre Royal Stratford East, previous credits include LIONS AND TIGERS (Globe Theatre), APPROACHING EMPTY (Tamasha, Kiln Theatre, Live Theatre), RAPUNZEL, COUNTING STARS and THE HOUSE OF IN BETWEEN (all Stratford East).
The cast features Anshula Bain (TARTUFFE, Birmingham Rep; (THIS ISN’T) A TRUE STORY, Almeida Theatre); Souad Faress (THE ARCHERS, BBC; GAMES OF THRONES, HBO), Zainab Hasan (THE WELKIN, National Theatre; SHAKESPEARE TRILOGY, Donmar Warehouse), Ulrika Krishnamurti (PINK SARI REVOLUTION, Curve Theatre/Belgrade Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse; MADE IN INDIA, Tamasha Theatre Company) and Kiran Landa (LINE OF DUTY, BBC; EXTINCT, Theatre Royal Stratford East).
The play contains strong language.
The play contains references to suicide.
The play contains references to domestic violence.
Writer Satinder Chohan
Director Pooja Ghai
Designer Rosa Maggiora
Lighting Designer Matt Haskins
Sound Designers The Ringham Brothers
Costume Supervisor Malena Arcucci
Dialect Coach Gurkiran Kaur
Assistant Director Cassia Thakkar
"A poignant look at the human need to fit in… a triumph!"
"One of the year’s finest plays... Humour and deep emotion blend seamlessly in a comedy-drama that is wonderfully staged in an intimate setting"
- Eastern Eye
"Initially slated for its premiere in 2020 but delayed due to the pandemic, Lotus Beauty is worth the wait and – both topical and universal – is possibly even all the more relevant today. "
"The all-female cast is superb, brimming with energy throughout "
- The Understudy