‘The Retold Ramayana’ by Daljit Nagra at Exeter Poetry Festival on Wednesday 1st October 2014 – rehearsal photos

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Wednesday 1st October


With Daljit Nagra

Venue: Roborough Studios, Exeter University, Prince of Wales Road, EX4 45B

Time: 7pm – 9pm. A two hour performance including interval.

Tickets: £12 / Students £8 /children 11+ £6

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Poet Daljit Nagra brings his Ramayana to Exeter– complete with monkey army

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Last year, poet Daljit Nagra published Ramayana A Retelling with Faber & Faber – a rumbustious reworking of the ancient Asian epic remade for a modern multicultural, multi-faith audience. It was theFinancial Times and the New Statesman Book of the Year. ‘A high-octane mythology redux’ said the Independent. ‘Fizzy and up-to-date … universal’ said the Telegraph.

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This Autumn, Jaybird Live Literature brings an adaptation of Daljit’s tale to the stage in Exeter. The Retold Ramayana features Daljit performing the key scenes of the story interspersed with reflections on his own relationship to the literary epic. He was told about Rama and his quest to rescue Sita from Raavana, Lord of the Underworld, when he was a little boy in the 70s, and this history is reflected in the show. The love scenes, kidnaps and – yes – monkey army battles of Rama’s story take their place alongside Daljit’s boyhood experiences and development as a writer.

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Daljit Nagra was born and raised in London then Sheffield. He currently lives in Harrow. His first collection Look We Have Coming to Dover! (Faber) won the 2007 Forward Prize for Best First Collection. His Tippoo Sultan’s Incredible White-Man Tiger Toy-Machine!!! was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize in 2011, as wasRamayana A Retelling in 2013.

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Accompanying Daljit on stage will be specially commissioned illustrations by comic book artist Jim Connolly projected expertly through space by lighting designer John Castle.

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Ahead of the event (6pm – 6:30pm) and unique to this performance is a free lecture by Dr. Jerri Daboo, Senior Lecturer in Drama at Exeter University: “Exiling heroes and burning demons: examining two productions of ‘The Ramayana’ in Britain”.


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