In search of Indigo
I’ve been commissioned by Tara Arts to write a play about the atrocities committed by British Indigo Planters in Bengal in the 19th century. The systematic cruelty, abuse of power, violence, and injustice was so severe that in 1860 the Indigo farmers rose up in extraordinary protest against the planters, and ultimately forced cultivation out of Bengal.
Funded by the Royal Society of Literature’s Brookleaze Grant, I decided to travel to Bangladesh in order to find out about the legacy of Indigo cultivation in in Bengal (specifically Bangladesh). I had an extraordinary trip, and discoverd some remarkable, and strange, and haunting things. I intend to write more about the trip in due course, but in the meantime here are some images from the trip.
At the end of August 2017 the play will be workshopped at the National Theatre Studio.