Mother Tongues from Farther Lands

Part of Alchemy

Mother Tongues from Farther Lands is a spoken word/theatre show full of fascinating, fearless and funny stories from South Asian women.

Sajeela Kershi, comedian, writer and creator of the multi-award-winning, sell-out national tour of Immigrant Diaries, has been commissioned to devise this new performance. She and her cast, which includes some familiar faces from stage and screen, invite communities to come celebrate the stories and lives of the unsung inspirational South Asian women across the UK.

‘Here's to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them'

With a cheeky nod to the historic patriarchy prevalent in South Asian societies, this show seeks to address the balance by showing the strength, tenacity and bravery at the core of these diverse kick-ass women.

'Mum always protected us, she would run after the kids who shouted abuse at us in the street, waving her her shoe at them and swearing in Punjabi: 'Oi! Bastard bisen buttocks come near my children I hit you with chapaal'

Performed by
Shobna Gulati
Shobu Kapoor
Sajeela Kershi
Ayesha Hazarika

Southbank Centre’s Alchemy has commissioned Sajeela Kershi to develop this new performance, working with participants to inspire its creation, in partnership with Alchemy national partners: Black Country Touring, Cast Doncaster and Oldham Coliseum Theatre, generously supported by Arts Council England

Special thanks to the the women's groups in Doncaster, Oldham, Wolverhampton and London, who generously gave up their time to contribute and be involved in the creative process of this show.

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Event information
Please note, this performance has moved from its previous time and location of Saturday 27 May on The Clore Ballroom.

The show is performed in reverse, with seats available in the choir stalls.