Bombay Black

Written by Anosh Irani
Directed by Rohit Chokhani

March 7 – March 19, 2023


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. Directed by Mumbai-born, Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Winner, and ATP Artistic & Executive Director Rohit Chokhani, Bombay Black was picked by the Georgia Straight among the 20 best shows on Vancouver stages in 2017.

Audience Consideration: Suggested for 18+

Please note that this production has graphic depictions of raw content that is sexual or violent in nature. It also has heightened lighting, visuals, loud sounds and complete dark outs during certain portions of the play. Viewer discretion is advised.