Page extent: 300
ISBN: 9781849432474
Binding: PaperBack

Tanika Gupta: Political Plays

Tanika Gupta

PaperBack (01 May 2012)

The first collection of plays by acclaimed British dramatist Tanika Gupta includes Sugar Mummies, White Boy, Sanctuary and Gladiator Games.

Refusing to be pigeonholed as an ‘Asian playwright’, Gupta has a fresh perspective on race relations, generational divide and sexual politics.

A National Youth Theatre production, White Boy attempts to make sense of school-age stabbings and the nature of inner city white identity, in an increasingly complex racial landscape.

In Sugar Mummies, the gender politics of the sex trade are inverted as wealthy white women flock to the Carribean to take advantage of the native toy-boys. But who is exploiting who?

On the eve of his release from Feltham Young Offenders Institution, Zahib Mubarek was attacked and killed by his racist cellmate. Gladiator Games is a verbatim drama that documents the Mubarek family's pursuit of the truth and the incompetence of the official response.

In Sanctuary a London churchyard becomes a haven for the gardener Kabir. When a photo of an African church appears in this little Eden, a complex drama of morality and conscience unfolds.

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ISBN13 9781849432474
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 300


‘Raises fascinating questions about the differences between male and female sexuality and the relationship between the developed and the developing world’ Independent on Sugar Mummies

‘A dynamo of a play – an exuberant tragedy’ Observer on White Boy

‘I admire Gupta for using the stage to rub our noses in global reality’ Guardian on Sanctuary

'A work of real political importance; painful to witness, but entirely essential' The Times on Gladiator Games