|Cast of Dara|
There are of course (as I now know, I had to my shame never heard of these people before) a number of historical inaccuracies in the play. But it is at its heart an impassioned plea for religious tolerance especially within Islam. It is an adaptation into English of an original play by a Pakistani author which has been performed to acclaim in Pakistan and is something of a beacon of hope for that reason.
The central characters were pretty compelling and I'd especially single out:
- Zubin Varla who played Dara
- Sargon Yelda (Aurangzeb)
- Prasanna Puwanarajah who played the prosecutor.
- Anneika Rose who played a rather wicked sister Roshanara
- Scott Karim who gave a mesmerising performance and the Fakir
- Ranjit Krishnamma who played the Sufi saint Mian Mir.