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Salzburg Global to host Dara film screening at Schloss Leopoldskron

Highly applauded play Dara to be screened for free at Schloss Leopoldskron

Dara was the first Pakistani play to be chosen and adapted by the UK's National Theatre. Photo: Ellie Kurttz

Members of the public are invited to Schloss Leopoldskron this week to watch a showing of the critically acclaimed play Dara.

Salzburg Global Seminar will host a free screening at Schloss Leopoldskron, starting at 2 pm on Saturday, November 19. The screening, which will be in English, will take place in the Robison Gallery, on the top floor of the Schloss.

The play, adapted from work by Ajoka Theatre, is a portrayal of the 17th century Moghul Royals the Shah Jahan family and addresses debates surrounding religious freedom and practice. The creative team behind Dara includes Shahid Nadeem, writer at the Ajoka Theatre; Nadia Fall, director at the National Theatre, and Tanya Ronder, writer and adapter at the National Theatre.

Dara was the first Pakistani play to be chosen and adapted by the UK's National Theatre. This occurred after Salzburg Global Fellow Anwar Akhtar brought a CD of the play to the theater's attention.

Akhtar, director of The Samosa and production consultant to the National Theatre and Ajoka Theatre, will attend the screening. He is a multi-time Salzburg Global Fellow and was most recently a participant at the December 2016 session Learning from the Past: Promoting Pluralism and Countering Extremism.

This year's screening is taking place midway through the follow up program to that session, of which Akhtar, again, is a participant - Learning from the Past: Sharing Experiences Across Borders to Combat Extremism.

If you wish to attend this event, please email fellowship@salzburgglobal.org to reserve a seat.


Channel 4 - Dara: the tale of Two Islams hits the stage

The Telegraph - Peter Tatchell - "Every child in Britain should see the National's latest play: Dara dramatises the historic struggle against Islamist extremism - it can reach people that political debate cannot."

The Guardian - "The story of Dara, the newest production to take to the boards at the National Theatre, is one that begins thousands of miles away from the concrete jungle of London’s South Bank."

TimeOut - "Where do we find stories about Pakistan… that also affect us in Britain? That’s a question outgoing NT artistic director Nicholas Hytner asked, and this is the epic and often highly affecting response. A magnificently ambitious project…The best scene by far – and one it’s easy to imagine will be studied in schools – is when Dara is brought before the Sharia court in Delhi, and is forced to prove that he is a true Muslim."


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