Bombay Black

Written by Anosh Irani
Directed by Alison Wong

March 7 – March 19, 2023


Running Time: Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes (including a 20-minute intermission)

Why would a blind man visit an exotic dancer? Set in present-day India, Bombay Black is a powerful love story of vengeance, betrayal, and seduction. Apsara resides in Bombay with her mother Padma, making a living by selling erotic dances to wealthy men. When Kamal, a blind man, arrives for an appointment, the lives of Apsara and her embittered mother are altered as their complex and brutal past rises to the surface. Mythic, brave and featuring a remarkable poetic text, bold theatrical imagery and contemporary Bombay bar dancing, Bombay Black is a thought-provoking work by one of Canada’s leading playwriting voices.

Funny, violent, and humane, this Governor General Award nominated script by award-winning playwright Anosh Irani brings together magical fables and the gritty reality of street life.

“At once poetic and theatrical… [Anosh Irani’s] voice is fierce, funny and wholly original”
– Governor General’s Literary Jury Citation

“Sensuous, lyrical, mysterious, sordid, grotesque, romantic and highly emblematic”
– The Globe and Mail

“Anosh Irani has crafted a story as black and seductive as a desert night”
– The Globe and Mail

UPDATED Audience Advisory:

Please note that this production has graphic depictions of childhood sexual trauma and raw content that is sexual or violent in nature. Recommended for ages 18+.

If you would like more information, please contact our Ticket Office at 403-294-7402 or


The following performance of Bombay Black will be a Masked Performance:

  • Saturday, March 11 – 7:30PM

What this means is that masks will remain mandatory throughout the lobby and in the Martha Cohen Theatre for the duration of this performance. At this time, we are requesting that audience members please wear masks of a surgical/procedural quality or better. Surgical masks will be provided to guests upon entry should they need it.

Masks may be taken off while actively eating and drinking in the lobby, while you are at a stationary table or chair. Food and drink will not be allowed in the theatre for this performance.

We thank you for your understanding as we aim to accommodate the needs of all of our valued guests, and your help in ensuring everyone can enjoy their theatre experience.

If this change presents any causes of concern for you, or a member of your party does not wish to remain masked the entire time, please contact our Ticket Office at or 403-294-7402 for a ticket exchange into an alternate performance.

Masks Encouraged

Ticket Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5:00pm MT

Masks are no longer required for most performances (with the exception of the masked performances listed above). However, ATP continues to strongly encourage wearing a mask where possible. Alberta Theatre Projects staff, including the Box Office Team, ushers and volunteers will continue to wear masks.