Pah-La is not only a provocative piece of theatre, but an impressive feat of research and the incarnation of the play’s central theme. A protest of its own, the play’s Royal Court debut was postponed in 2017 amid fears that this dramatisation of the 2008 Tibetan unrest would draw unwanted attention in China to the theatre’s work there. But the time has come, and Abhishek Majumdar’s script is as beautiful and devastating as we would expect. Read more
In a remote Tibetan village, Deshar, a young runaway has disowned her father Tsering and become a Buddhist nun.
In Lhasa, Chinese Commander Deng is working for the future of the country, unable to meet the needs of his wife and daughter.
When Deshar carries out an act of defiance it reverberates across the whole country and a new freedom struggle is born with life changing consequences for Deshar, Deng and their families.
“Tell that girl, she has changed Tibet forever.”
Pah-la, based on real stories during the 2008 Lhasa riots, is an examination of the future of non-violence.
Abhishek Majumdar returns to the Royal Court following The Djinns of Eidgah in 2013. He first worked with the Royal Court in 2010 as a writer on the International Department’s two year project in India, and also took part in the Royal Court’s International Residency in 2011.
Director Debbie Hannan’s previous work at the Royal Court includes Latirand Primetime as well as assisting on The Nether, The Internet is Serious Business and Birdland.