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Bombay Black

Bombay Black ()

Produced by

Cahoots Theatre Company

Developed by

Nightswimming Theatre

Playwright: Anosh Irani
Director: Brian Quirt


The Great Hall – Longboat Hall


January 4th, 2006 – January 22nd, 2006

Awards & Nominations

Dora Mavor Moore Awards: Outstanding New Play (Anosh Irani), Outstanding Set Design & Outstanding Costume Design (Camellia Koo), Outstanding Sound Design/Composition (Suba Sankaran)

Dora Mayor Moore Award nominations:  Outstanding Lighting Design (Rebecca Picherack),  Outstanding Production

In 2007 Bombay Black was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award.


Set in present-day India, Bombay Black is a powerful story of vengeance, betrayal, and seduction.

Anosh has a wonderful theatrical sensibility and a gift for bringing together magical fables and the gritty reality of Indian street life. The play is the story of Apsara, who lives in Bombay with her mother, making a living by selling erotic dances to wealthy men. When a blind man named Kamal arrives for an appointment, the complex and brutal past of the three characters slowly rises to the surface.

Featuring a remarkable poetic text, bold theatrical imagery and a combination of contemporary Bombay bar dancing and Indian classical dance, Bombay Black is challenging work by one of Canada’s leading new playwriting voices. (


Deena Aziz Padma
Anita Majumdar Apsara
Sanjay Talwar Kamal

Creative Team

Anosh Irani Playwright
Brian Quirt Director
Andrea Romaldi Assistant Director
Camellia Koo Set Designer
Camellia Koo Costume Designer
Rebecca Picherack Lighting Designer
Suba Sankaran Composer
Suba Sankaran Sound Designer
Nova Bhattacharya Choreographer
Jung-Hye Kim Design Assistant


Stephen Lalande Production Manager
Camellia Koo Scenic Artist
Jung-Hye Kim Scenic Artist
Isaac Thomas Stage Manager
Dianne Weinrib Publicity
Amy Stewart Publicity


Greg Poulin Technical Director