Based on the Booker-shortlisted novel by Rohinton Mistry and
adapted by Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-Smith, this programme text
edition of "A Fine Balance "is published to coincide with Tamasha Theatre Company's 2007 revival and tour of the hit play.
India, 1975, and a callous government has declared a State of Emergency.
In these uncertain times a spirited Parsi widow
determined to avoid a second marriage takes a student boarder and two
Hindu tailors into her ramshackle flat. The four strangers whose lives have
become inextricably linked find themselves crossing divides of caste,
class and religion to form the most unexpected of friendships.
""Produced by Tamasha - creator of the groundbreaking "East is East" and the award-winning musical "Fourteen Songs, Two Weddings and a Funeral" - A Fine Balance was first seen at Hampstead Theatre in 2006, where it enjoyed a sell-out run.
'it tells a grim tale with wit, warmth and a keen eye for the join between public policies and private lives' "The Times"****
'nothing short of a miracle' "Sunday Telegraph"
'a moving but unsentimental homage to endurance, asking for no pity, only understanding' "Sunday Times.
About the Author
Rohinton Mistry is the author of a collection of short stories, "Tales from Firozsha Baag "(1987), and three internationally acclaimed novels, "Such a Long Journey" (1991), "A Fine Balance" (1995), and "Family Matters" (2002). His fiction has won many prestigious international awards, including The Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, the Governor General's Award, the Canada-Australia Literary Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, The Royal Society of Literature's Winifred Holtby Award, and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize for Fiction. "A Fine Balance" was also an Oprah's Book Club(R) selection.
Born in Bombay in 1952, Rohinton Mistry came to Canada in 1975.
Sudha Bhuchar is joint founder of Tamasha Theatre Company, and she is both an actor and a playwright. She writes regularly with Shaheen Khan for BBC Radio 4, and their many credits include three series of "Girlies". Their screenplay "The House Across the Street" was shown on BBC 4. Her writing credits for Tamasha include "Strictly Dandia", the award-winning "Fourteen Songs", "Two Weddings and A Funeral" and the hugely successful" Balti Kings".