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Zameen

Be moved by the new drama from an award winning theatre company at Contact Theatre

Published on April 22nd 2008.


Zameen

“In the cotton fields of Punjab, a farmer pins his hopes on GM seeds and Western pesticides as his crops begin to suffer and fail. Frustrated by limited prospects, his son turns to drink and dreams of migration, while his daughter must choose between staying in poverty on the land she loves or following the man she adores to seek a better life in the West…”

Zameen is the new drama from the award winning Kali Theatre Company which focuses on the current issue of environmental damage and how peoples’ lives are affected when the ‘forces of nature, tradition and globalisation collide’.

It’s based on the true events of the crisis in Punjabi agriculture when the World Bank initiated reforms which shifted the land to commercial agriculture allowing companies to provide GM seeds. The rising prices of GM seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and machinery caused many farmers to get into debt, with no help from the government and unable to pay back their debts, over 25,000 farmers took their own lives.

The production has been written by Satinder Kaur Chohan, who has worked as a researcher for television documentaries, this the first drama she has written, she said of it, “The characters and stories of Zameen might seem a world away but really they’re much closer than we think. From the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to the lifestyle and consumer choices we make, their fate and destinies are inextricably tied to our own.

Zameen will be performed at the Contact Theatre on Oxford Road, Manchester, every night at 8pm from 23-26 April. Tickets cost £10 normal.

For more information visit www.kalitheatre.co.uk

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