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Come and enjoy a classic fairy tale – with a twist. Poet and performer Shane Solanki presents the premiere of a work-in-progress show which combines music, film, comedy and live performance to tell a multi-layered story about hijras. It’s a look at love and loss, set in a world where traditional values are challenged by fluid notions of sexuality and gender.

Shane’s story follows a young Muslim girl, who leaves home and gets lost in a forest. There she meets a hijra, a term used in South Asia to describe cross dressers, naturally intersex people or transgender women, have been part of the region’s fabric for centuries. The hijra takes her under her wing, sailing her to an island, where she experiences all manner of things that most Asians don’t ever get the chance to. What will these be? All will be revealed on the night. Expect lots of humour, with a side of seriousness.

And as a warm up there will be Bobby Nayyar, who will read from his debut book of poems Glass Scissors, a wonderful collection about love and relationships.

Join us for this entertaining evening, one which promises to amuse, challenge and educate in equal measure.

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Shane Solanki is a London-based spoken word artist and performer. His work has been commissioned by Apples and Snakes, South Bank Centre, Tate Modern, amongst others. In 2013 he was Rich Mix’s artist in residence. He has performed in the US, India and China, alongside many countries in Europe.


May 6, 2016
19:00 - 20:30
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Asia House


Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP United Kingdom

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