The Domestic Crusaders (2013)

The Domestic Crusaders (2013)

Tara Arts present

Wed 25th Sep - Fri 11th Oct

Written by Wajahat Ali

Wajahat Ali is a writer, attorney, commentator and co-host of Al Jazeera America's The Stream - a daily social media news show. He often writes on race, religion and identity in modern America. His articles are highly regarded and have been featured in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Salon, The Huffington Post, Slate, and McSweeney's. He is the lead author of the investigative report Fear Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America produced by the Center for American Progress. A powerful speaker and playwright in the US, Ali’s profile in the UK is on the ascendant and The Domestic Crusaders introduces a powerful new voice to London audiences.

Directed by Jatinder Verma

Jatinder Verma is co-founder and Artistic Director of Tara Arts. Most recently Jatinder directed Kanjoos: The Miser and Tara’s Christmas pantomime Dick Whittington Goes Bollywood. Sita’s Story, a produc­tion for children based on Diwali, tours the UK in autumn 2013. Other credits include: Alex Wheatle’s Uprising, The Mysteries, Gandhi in Lon­don, Miranda by Farrukh Dhondy and Hanif Kureishi’s The Black Album for the National Theatre in 2009, he first worked at the National in 1989, with an acclaimed version of Moliere’s Tartuffe.

Designed by Claudia Mayer

Claudia Mayer trained with Percy Harris at Motley and worked freelance in Opera, Ballet and Theatre. Work for Tara Arts includes: Miranda, The Black Album (costume), The Tempest, The Marriage of Figaro, An Enemy of The People, The Merchant of Venice, Journey To The West, Bollywood Cinderella, Dick Whittington Goes Bollywood and Kanjoos: The Miser. Exhibition design includes: The Ramayana: Love and Valour in India’s Greatest Epic at the British Library. For BBC Radio 4 an adaptation of The Mahabharata with Jatinder Verma.

Lighting by Howard Hudson

Winner of Off West End Award for Best Lighting Designer 2011 &2012. Nominated for Broadway World UK Award for Best Lighting Design 2011 for Parade and 2012 Mack And Mabel.Theatre includes: People’s Romeo, Miranda, Kanjoos: The Miser, Bollywood Cinderella and Dick Whittington Goes Bollywood (Tara Arts),Titanic (Southwark Playhouse), Cornelius (Brits Abroad Season, 59E59 Theatre, New York), The Other School (St. James Theatre), Carnival Of The Animals (Riverside Studio), La Cage Aux Folles (Aarhus Teater, Denmark), Eugene Onegin (Bury Court Opera), 1936 (Lilian Baylis, Sadlers Wells), Educating Rita (English Theatre Frankfurt), A Warsaw Melody, Around The World In Eighty Days, (Arcola Theatre).

Sound by Dominic Kennedy

Dominic Kennedy is a freelance sound designer, composer and technician for theatre, installation and film. He is a graduate from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and has had recent shows on at Underbelly, the Arcola and Contact Manchester.

Music Advisor Sohini Alam

Sohini Alam is a British vocalist of Bangladeshi descent whose musical repertoire includes folk, patriotic, modern and traditional Bengali songs with a specialisation in Nazrul Sangeet. She has branched out into multi-lingual music in bands, for dance, and for theatre. Sohini trained in music with her mother, Hiron Alam and then her aunts, Jannat Ara and Ferdous Ara. She is the lead vocalist for the band Khiyo and Kishon Khan's Afro-Cuban-Bengali jazz band, Lokkhi Terra with whom she has performed at WOMAD, Ronnie Scott's and the Barbican. Previous work with Tara Arts includes Kanjoos: The Miser, Bollywood Cinderella and Dick Whittington Goes Bollywood.


Mamta Kaash (Khulsoom - AMI)

Indian actress Mamta Kaash has worked extensively in television, radio and theatre in the UK. Winner of the prestigious Cannes TV Festival Best Actress award for her performance in Shalom Salaam. She is perhaps best known for her roles in the BBC1 drama Casualty, Angels and Emmerdale Farm for Yorkshire Television. Previous work with Tara Arts includes Journey To The West in 2002.

Shyam Bhatt (Fatima)

Shyam trained at Drama Studio and The Actors Centre. Her stage credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (New Stagers); Marat/Sade (New Stagers); Crime and Corruption (Lord Stanley); East is East (tour). Shyam’s television credits include EyeSpy and Making Sparks. The film Nice 2 Meet U :) directed by Naveen Medaram is expected to premiere in 2014.

Taqi Nazeer (Salahuddin - SAL)

Taqi attended The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he performed in plays such as An American Clock and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His professional debut was in Beautiful Burnout (NTS/Frantic Assembly) which toured internationally. Other theatre credits are One Million Tiny Plays bout Britain directed by Ros Thomas. Film credits include Lost (Dir Lee Paterson), Homecoming (GMAC/UK Film Council) and Urban Anxieties: 3 Minute Wonder (CH4).

Ernest Ignatius (Hakim - DAADA)

An accomplished singer, Ernest made his West End debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams. He toured with Rifco Arts production There’s something about Simmy, and in 2012 played Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing for the RSC. Ernest’s screen credits include The Bill, Murphy’s Law and Hotel Babylon. He has appeared in a number of short films as well as a bollywood movie Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal.

Kulvinder Ghir (Salman - ABU)

Kulvinder Ghir is a TV, film and theatre actor, best remembered for his starring role in the BBC hit comedy series, Goodness Gracious Me. He has also starred in feature films Rita, Sue and Bob Too! and Bend It Like Beckham and has toured the nation regularly with the RSC. Kulvinder can be seen in Jadoo, a British film released in September 2013.

Kieran Vyas (Ghafur)

Having recently graduated from the Birmingham School of Acting, The Domestic Crusaders is Kieran’s first professional stage appearance. During training Kieran performed in a variety of roles including The Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams and the title role in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.


Sohini Alam (Vocals)

Danyal Dhondy (Keyboard)

Camilo Tirado (Percussion)


Richard Walker (Production Manager)

Beth Duncan (Stage Manager)

Hilary Lewis (Costume Supervisor)

Benjamin Onyeka (Assistant Stage Manager)

Louise Jones (Voice Coach)


Yasmeen Khan (Press Agent) for review tickets & interviews contact Yasmeen Khan



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