Leicester’s Curve will mark the 50th anniversary of the Ugandan Asian exodus with a Made at Curve community production this summer – and local community members are invited to get creative and take part!
In August 1972, Ugandan President Idi Amin ordered the country’s Indian and Pakistani communities to leave within 90 days. Many of the displaced were British citizens and, as a result, around 27,000 people emigrated to the UK, with thousands settling in Leicester.
Finding Home – Leicester’s Ugandan Asian Story at 50 will run from Friday 29 July to Saturday 6 August and will feature three new short plays by local writers whose families arrived in the UK from Uganda.
Commissioned by Curve following an open call-out, writers Chandni Mistry, Ashok Patel and Dilan Raithatha will explore the impact of the Ugandan Asians’ exodus, their journeys to Leicester and contributions to the city over the last five decades. Finding Home will include plays for all ages and will be directed by Leicester-based Mandeep Glover, who previously trained at Curve as Resident Assistant Director.
Curve is now calling on local community members and groups to share their stories and take part in the production. Anyone who is interested in performing, sharing their experiences or getting involved in the project in any way is welcome to join in and further details can be found here – www.curveonline.co.uk/get-involved/finding-home-leicesters-ugandan-asian-story-at-50/ or by emailing [email protected].