My Name is…
Following outstanding responses to its London premiere at Arcola and run at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre, Tamasha’s acclaimed production of My Name is…. comes to Leicester’s Curve theatre on 29 and 30 September.
Written by Sudha Bhuchar and directed by Philip Osment, the acclaimed play explores the story behind the headlines about Molly Campbell, the schoolgirl who left Scotland for Pakistan in 2006, seemingly abducted by her father.
My Name is… is based on interviews conducted by playwright Sudha Bhuchar with Molly Campbell and her family in Stornaway and Pakistan, after they became the centre of a frenzied media whirlwind. From these interviews Sudha created a moving and original verbatim play, revealing a cross-cultural love story that began in early 1980s Glasgow, a world away from the frantic ‘tug of love’ documented in the world’s press.
In the play, the family’s names have been changed: Twelve year old Gaby was assumed to have been kidnapped by her Pakistani father Farhan but the spiraling headlines were momentarily silenced when it emerged that she may have fled of her own accord. To her mother Suzy’s distress, Gaby declared, “my name is Ghazala” and turned her back on ‘Gaby’ and seemingly, the West. Using the family’s own words, My Name is… unravels what brought them to this point and the universality and complexities of their story.
To book tickets visit www.curveonline.co.uk
Molly Campbell, on seeing My Name is… ‘It was like going back in time and looking at us all, it was so surreal.’
‘humorous and entertaining… makes a powerful case for clear rather than prejudiced thinking’ **** Time Out
‘absolutely gripping… a drama of terrific integrity’ **** The Scotsman
‘Bhuchar’s even-handed, unhysterical approach pays dividends’ The Guardian
‘a fantastically nuanced trio of performances’ The Herald
‘My Name is… is better than any family drama has the right to be’ ***** Exeuntmagazine.co.uk