A new production of Tanika Gupta's drama exploring British Asian experiences in the 19th Century.
It's 1887, and sixteen-year-old Rani Das arrives in Britain after a long voyage to start a new life in Britain. On the boat, Rani befriends a lascar (sailor), a politician, and a servant, who will soon serve Queen Victoria. Full of hope for what lies ahead, they each embark on an extraordinary journey.
Spanning 13 years over the ‘Golden Era’ of the British Empire, 'The Empress' explores the experiences of several Indian immigrants and reveals how socially diverse the Asian presence was in nineteenth-century Britain.
The Artistic Director of Tamasha, Pooja Ghai, directs.