The brilliant Bush Theatre is back after a seriously grand year long renovation, and it’s bringing with it Guards at the Taj by American playwright and 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph.
It’s a two-man show based on those gruesome stories and myths we’ve all been told about how the Emperor Shah Jahan – in a bid to ensure that his monumental monument to love would never be bettered – ordered the architects and artisans of the Taj Mahal to be treated. We’re promised a darkly funny and philosophical look at the friendship between two guards – the aptly named Humayun and Babur – of the yet-to-be-unveiled Taj Mahal, their relationship to authority, and the proximity of beauty to cruelty.
Watch out for our review!
In the meantime, and whilst you’re here, have a read of this terrific Guardian interview with Madani Younis, Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre. At one point he discusses how British theatre represents the immigrant experience: “If you were to judge it purely through the lens of British theatre, postwar, you would think that we were marginalised communities, dislocated, working-class, that our women – our mothers and sisters – were these frail figures in our lives. I mean, fuck that man, do you know what I mean? Fuck that. If you were to just judge our experience through the lens of British theatre, I think you’d do a disservice to what my parents’ generation, my brothers and sisters across the country are doing at the moment. I think that’s the challenge.”
When: 7 April – 20 May 2017
Where: Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 8LJ
Tickets: £20 (concessions available)
More info: Bush Theatre
Posted on 2 April 2017
Photo courtesy of the Bush Theatre