The Retold Ramayana with Daljit Nagra (2014/15)

A one-man version of Daljit Nagra's Ramayana: A Retelling touring Autumn 2014 - Spring 2015

The Retold Ramayana with Daljit Nagra (2014/15)

The Retold Ramayana: a poetry show with Daljit Nagra

Love. Sacrifice. Demons. Monkeys.

When poet Daljit Nagra was a boy in the 1970s, his relatives told him stories of Rama’s quest to rescue his wife Sita from her abduction by Raavana, Lord of the Underworld.

Versions of these stories – The Ramayana – have enchanted audiences across the Eastern world for 1000s of years. Daljit’s adaptation (published recently by Faber & Faber) is retold for a modern multi-cultural, multi-faith audience.

Now he brings it to the stage. Tender technicolour love scenes and demon battles are brought to life by one man and his voice: wild words and newly commissioned illustrations shone through space. At the height of the tale, a monkey army goes to war. One man on stage can’t represent a million monkeys … so you, the audience, will be drafted in to help.

Many more photos here and here

Ramayana Press Releases & Flyers

Audience Feedback

'Absolutely fantastic! Really enjoyed how interactive / alive the Ramayana became!'

'10/10 - very interesting and successful fusion of Indian and western cultural motifs in relating an ancient epic'

'Wonderful language - witty and poetic. Beautifully delivered with passion and humour - excellent lighting'

'Awesome indeed'

Ramayana Tour Dates

Where we went ...

Budleigh Salterton Literature Festival Friday 19th September, 10.30am
St Peter's Church of England Academy Trust, Quarry Lane, Exeter
A Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival schools only event for pupils aged 11 years and upwards, details at

Exeter Excite Festival
Wednesday 1st October, 7pm
Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter EX4 4SB
Tickets: (online box office)[] Price: £12 (£8 / £6 concs) Part of the Exeter Poetry Festival, details at

Durham Johnston School , Crossgate Moore, Durham DH1 4SU
Monday 6th October, 1.15pm
Tickets: 0191 204 885
Price: £3.50

Manchester Literature Festival at Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA
Tuesday 14th October, 7.30pm
Tickets: 0161 274 0600
Prices: £6 / £5

Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NR
Wednesday 15th October, 7.30pm
Tickets: 01308 427183
Prices: £12 / £11 / £10 / £3

Nottingham Festival of Words
Sunday 19th October, evening show time tbc
New Art Exchange, 39 - 41 Gregory Blvd, Nottingham NG7 6BE
Part of the Notts Words Festival, details at

Rich Mix Cinema and Arts Centre, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
Thursday 23rd October, 7.30pm
Tickets: 020 7613 7498
Prices: £9 / £7

Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 8LJ
Thursday 30th October, 5pm
Part of Storystock – the circus of stories. Details at

Richmond, Yorks - Saturday 7th March, 7.30pm (full version)
The Georgian Theatre Royal, Victoria Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4DW
Tickets: 01748 825252 Prices: from £7 to £15

Norwich – Wednesday 18th March, 8pm (full version)
Norwich Arts Centre, 51 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4PG
Tickets: £10, £8 concs

Norwich – Saturday 21st March, 9am (pocket version without projections for delegates of the International Literature Network showcase, organised by Writers’ Centre Norwich)

Truro - Sunday 29th March, 2pm (pocket version without projections, as part of the Truro Festival)
Hall For Cornwall, Back Quay, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2LL
Tickets: 01872 262466 Price: £11 / £9 concs

Show Specifications

Produced by Jaybird Live Literature

Directed by Phoebe Stout

The Retold Ramayana

Touring: Autumn 2014 onwards

Full version: 1hr 40 + interval, for theatres and arts centres

Basic version: 60 mins rehearsed reading, for libraries and schools. No projections

Fee: Please contact to discuss. Fee includes travel, accom and expenses.

Tech Specs: Full version needs 5x5m playing space, projection screen, moderately complex sound and LX, tours with technician.

Suitable for 11+ children / families / schools - but it is not specifically a children's show. Think Romeo & Juliet, but with demons and monkeys as well.

Marketing: comprehensive digital and print marketing material and support supplied, marketing duties shared with the producers who are live literature selling experts.

To discuss a booking ...

Please contact Julia Bird, Director of Jaybird Live Literature / 07768 012645

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