By George Orwell
Adapted and Directed by Ryan Kiggell
With Charlotte Allam, Amerjit Deu, Ryan Kiggell, Zak Shukor, Elisa Terren, and Jamie Zubairi
Love, friendship and morality are tested against the bitter truths of life in Colonial Burma. Told with care, humor and deep humanity, this unprecedented stage adaptation is Orwell's uncompromising exposure of the underbelly of the British Empire.
Orwell's first novel, and the philosophical basis for all his later works, Burmese Days was initially banned in India, and published in 1934 in the States before being published in England the following year.
Aya is an emerging London-based theatre company. It was formed in 2009 by Ryan Kiggell, Elisa Terren, and George Moustakas. Aya have created two productions in non-theatre spaces: Summit Conference by Robert David McDonald within an Edwardian mansion in Fitzrovia and Kaspar by Peter Handke, performed in an unused railway arch close to the Tate Modern in association with The Southwark Playhouse. The company have worked in collaboration with organisations such as Arts Council England, The George Orwell Archive Trust, Amnesty International, UCL Events, The Austrian Cultural Forum and the UK Burma Campaign. Its Patron is the experimental filmmaker and Academy Award Nominee, Mike Figgis.
"Visually arresting!" - The New York Times
"A talented young collective!" - Time Out London
"Clever, suspenseful and absorbing!" - Associated Press