02 Jun 2021 - 02 Jun 2021

Six Artists in Search of a Play


By Annie Zaidi

Directed By Atri Banerjee

Running Time: Approx. 90 mins

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production information

This semi-staged reading will take place at the Almeida, as part of Six Artists in Search of a Play.

Since arriving in the city, Nancy has been housed, clothed, fed and educated by the middle-class Maliks. But, there is a difference between being ‘like one of the family’ and being family and Nancy’s ambitions reach beyond the limited horizon of a female domestic worker. Name, Place, Animal, Thing explores the complexities of class, caste and gender within the contemporary Indian home.

Atri Banerjee on why he chose this play: “When I first came across the work of the formidable journalist, essayist and creative writer Annie Zaidi, I was immediately struck by the way she marries searing political insight with human, truthful stories. Name, Place, Animal, Thing, Zaidi’s first play, is one such story: I was totally gripped when I first read it. When I learned it has never before been staged, I leaped at the chance to bring it to life as part of this season. The story of Nancy and the Maliks is one I see echoed in aspects of my own life both in the UK and in India. While the family and class dynamics described within the play are specific to contemporary Indian life, they resonate universally. I was particularly drawn to its themes of loss; of belonging; of home.”

Don't miss the accompanying event, a reading of Hidden Fires.

Dates & Tickets

Wednesday 2 June 7pm
£10 (£5 Concessions)

To ensure the Almeida is accessible to as many people as possible we’re offering £5 tickets to anyone who is:
- Aged 30 or under
- A student
- D/deaf or disabled plus their companion
- Aged 65 or over
- Claiming Jobseekers Allowance
- Living or working in Islington (use code ISFIRST to unlock)
A theatre or creative industries worker (use code INDUSTRY to unlock)

Simply select your ticket type when booking, and bring proof of eligibility for your performance.

Digital Recording
This performance will also be filmed. By attending this performance in-person you are agreeing to potentially being recorded and included in the digital recording of this production.

A live recording of the Name, Place, Animal, Thing reading will be released on the Almeida YouTube channel in the near future. Audio description and closed captions will both be available on the recording.

Additional information

We’ve put in a number of steps to ensure our audiences are safe when visiting the Almeida, including socially distanced seating and flexible ticket exchanges. Find out more about how we’re welcoming audiences back here.

Please note there will be strictly no latecomers for this performance.

Running time approximately 90 minutes without an interval. Find out more about our running times here.

Read more about our production guidance and warnings, or contact Box Office if you have specific concerns.

Cast & Creatives

Direction Atri Banerjee
By Annie Zaidi
Composer & Musician Arun Ghosh
Lighting Designer Fraser Craig
Casting Director Nadine Rennie

Azan Ahmed
Anushka Chakravarti
Amerjit Deu
Ambreen Razia
Saroja-Lily Ratnavel
Zubin Varla
Ragevan Vasan
Nina Wadia

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