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Written by Ben Musgrave, translated in Bangla by Leesa Gazi, produced in Bangladesh (2022) and the UK (2024) by Komola Collective, and Riot in the Light.

Do you ever feel that there is something inside you?

Something very old, that will come out one day?

During the British Raj, to meet the world's insatiable need for blue, vast swathes of the Bengali countryside were given over to the cultivation of the indigo plant. But indigo cultivation was only possible under near slave conditions created by British planters. The atrocities committed by the planters triggered an extraordinary revolution that changed Bengal forever.

See how deep it is.

See how much you want it.

Indigo Giant is inspired by Dinabandhu Mitra’s trail-blazing Nil Darpan, a play that shook colonial India. Indigo Giant revisits a forgotten moment in British history and a moment in Bengali history that will never be forgotten. It is a conversation with the ghosts of the past shadowing our uncertain futures.

Born out of a dialogue between Bengali and British theatre artists, Indigo Giant was performed in Bangla in Bangladesh in 2022. We aim to produce the play in the UK in Autumn 2023. The play has been developed at earlier stages with Jatinder Verma at Tara Arts and at the National Theatre Studio, and Jatrik in Dhaka. 

The Indigo Giant is coming. 

Theatre: What We Do

In association with British Council India, Jatinder Verma Productions, Komola Collective, Jatinder Verma has imagined - with Bangla creatives and performers, a short extract of Indigo Giant for the Screen. 

Theatre: Video

Written by Ben Musgrave
DTranslated into Bangla by Leesa Gazi

Produced by 

Komola Collective

Riot In The Light


Supported by 

GCRF QR Rapid Response Scheme via University of East Anglia

British Council India 

British Council Bangladesh

Theatre: Text
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