Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree – Ipswich writer welcomes his library-inspired play to the New Wolsey Theatre

Written by MiriamSpall on Friday, February 8, 2019 - 09:31

Local writer Shamser Sinha is delighted that his children’s play ‘Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree’ is coming to Ipswich this weekend as part of a UK tour and has spoken of how the play was inspired by visits to Ipswich County Library with his son.

The New Wolsey Theatre is hosting two performances of the play this Saturday (9 February) at the New Wolsey Studio. Three Sat Under The Banyan Tree is based on India’s extraordinary collection of fables – The Panchatantra. The play is a co-production by Tara Arts and Polka Theatre and is aimed at children aged seven and above and their families.

Shamser is an Ipswich-based writer and a regular visitor to Ipswich Library He says:

“Ipswich Library and its sessions for young children provided an inspiration for me when writing Three Sat Under The Banyan Tree which I wouldn't and couldn't have written otherwise. The sing n rhyme sessions in the library brought stories for children to life, as they read, sung and rhymed together. My son got in to books because of the library and those sessions. As a new Dad, the environment was warm and friendly - and that's not always the case for Dads. I was free to hang out for hours reading books with my boy, and this helped me to be a better Dad.”

A Tara Arts and Polka Theatre co-production, Three Sat Under The Banyan Tree is currently touring the UK until early March having originally played at The Polka Theatre in Wimbledon last September. It has been described as follows:

“Near the foothills of the Himalayas, three orphans open a magical book under a Banyan tree. They were told the book wouldn’t give them answers but they’d learn from it, so they stir a pot of milk and watch as three stories of the forest rise from the pages. Stories of headstrong crows, a mongoose who wants a family, and a brave lion come vibrantly to life, with masks, movement and music.”

You can buy tickets and find out more about the show on the New Wolsey Theatre website or call the theatre on 01473 295900.

Tara Arts Artistic Director Jatinder Verma says: “Bringing stories such as Shamser Sinha’s brilliant new take on India’s classic fables, reminds us that diversity is for all, young and old; offering powerful ways for making connections with other cultures and worlds.”

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