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Friday, May 27, 2022

The Family and The Assassin @ Olivier Theatre "We loved it. We found a lot out. And we fell in love with Shubham Saraf just that little bit more."

Mahatma Gandhi (Paul Bazely - yes, him off of Benidorm) is a lawyer, a champion of non-violence, and a beloved leader of India.

Nathuram Godse (Shubham Saraf - yes, him off of Heartstopper) is a journalist, a nationalist – and the man who murdered him.

This is the story of that murder. And as Godse states at the start, why we will put statues up to celebrate him for his act of violence.

Last night Stuart and I went to see Anupama Chandrasekhar's grippy play The Family and The Assassin at Olivier Theatre on London's glitzy South Bank.

It’s exciting to see such epic, and bold political play of Indian history commanding the National Theatre’s main stage. In it, Anupama Chandrasekhar artfully unpicks the forces of history with a tale of violence and colonialism that echoes into today.

The story traces Godse’s life over thirty years during India’s fight for independence: from a devout follower of Gandhi, through to his radicalisation and their tragic final encounter in Delhi in 1948.

Director Indhu Rubasingham reunites with Chandrasekhar, one of India’s most exciting playwrights, for this essential exploration of oppression and extremism.

We loved it. We found a lot out. And we fell in love with Shubham Saraf just that little bit more. What an actor. On stage for two and half hours taking the audience with him on every step of radicalisation.

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