Playhouse Theatre in Education Company
is set in India during British administration. It is a play about
imperialism, about power and where it lies, about divided loyalties:
loyalties born, nurtured and handed down over generations of British
rule. The Indian characters are not victims. They are people who
believed that the British represented ‘fair play, tolerance,
decency and equality’. Forced to face the realities of British
rule in India, they struggle to make sense of their personal relationships
with the British in the face of violence towards their own people.
was originally devised, researched and performed by the eight members
of Leeds Playhouse Theatre in Education Company. (With notes, photographs
and a comprehensive reading list)
T.I.E. company's celebrated RAJ... devised for middle schools,
is taut and complex enough for an adult audience and staged in a
brilliantly simple way."
Robin Thornber, Guardian
was a supremely accomplished piece of theatre, definite in its educational
purpose, and skilful in realising complex issues through human experiences
and concrete objects... The strength of RAJ was how it
built a dynamic between private experiences of chauvinism or paternalism
among the play's characters or audience and perception of public
event or issue, be that in colonial India or contemporary Leeds.
In this way it seemed to me the play challenged the audience's dominant
view of history."
Martin Drury, Theatre Ireland
of the strengths of RAJ is its simple honesty. Tackling
this kind of theme it would just be too easy to make the British
the baddies and the Indians the goodies. This was undoubtedly a
play about real people having to face up to real situations... informative,
provocative and moving...The play thus had the quality to challenge
us again and again...and capture young imaginations."
Robert Petty, teacher, NATO Drama Broadsheet