Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph and directed by Jamie Lloyd, Guards at the Taj opens the 2017 season of Bush Theatre and will star Danny Ashok and Darren Kuppan…writes Richa Grove for Asian Lite News
Guards at the Taj is part of the inaugural season at the revitalised Bush Theatre in London after a year-long £4.3 million renovation project. Upon reopening, the building will be more sustainable and entirely accessible, with a new entrance and an exterior garden terrace to the main street. A new 70-seat Studio will serve to increase the artistic output of the Bush Theatre, and provide emerging writers and artistes with a flexible, intimate space to create and showcase the best in new writing.
This play takes an enduring legend about the Taj Mahal and prompts audiences to explore questions about art, privilege and duty. Danny Ashok (Disgraced, Bush Theatre; Capital, BBC) and Darren Kuppan (East is East, West End/ UK Tour) play the role of imperial guards, Humayun and Babur, keeping watch as the final touches are put to the mighty Taj Mahal behind them.
Jamie Lloyd directs this new production, designed by Soutra Gilmour.Lighting design is by Richard Howell with sound design and music composed by George Dennis. Fight direction is by Kate Waters.
It’s 1648. Agra, India. The emperor has decreed that no one, except the masons, labourers and slaves who exist within those walls, shall turn to look at the building until it is complete.
“If we hadn’t done our jobs tonight, we’d be hanging by our necks in the royal courtyard getting our eyes pecked out by the royal crows. So excuse me if I don’t wallow in some misbegotten guilt all night. Was it fucked up? Yes, it was. But I don’t have to feel terrible about it.”
Guards at the Taj was recipient of both the Obie Award for Best New American Play and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play when it premiered at the Atlantic Theater in New York in 2015. The play makes its European Premiere in this brand new production by Jamie Lloyd at Bush theatre in London in 2017 and it promises to be one play that’s not to be missed !