INDIGO GIANT (THEATRE PRODUCTION)
Written by Ben Musgrave, translated in Bangla by Leesa Gazi, produced in Bangladesh (2022) and the UK (2023) 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.
A black man and a white man, who is higher and who is lower?
I will plant Indigo in your head.
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.