About Mara Ba

Mara Ba (My Mother in Gujarati) is a multilingual, semi-biographical play, written in English, Gujarati and Swahili. Jump through time and across continents with Rupa, a young Gujarati woman, as she seeks her ‘happily ever after’ from 1960s Kenya to contemporary England. 

A night of creative storytelling, music, and cross-cultural conversations which shed light on unique, untold and funny stories from those who push the boundaries of immigration, disability and gender-roles.

1 hour 20 minutes plus 20-minute interval
For ages 16+

Written by Sonali Shah including original songs

Preview Version

Directed by Octavia Nyombi
Designed by Ivy Richards
Video, stills and post-production by Jon Legge


Celine Shamdasani (as Rupa)
Jishnu Soni (as Vijay and Parita)
Sonali Shah (as Priya)
Sanjay Dattani (Ram, Usha, sari shop owner)
Adam Horvath (Doctor Brown, Doctor Green, air steward, taxi driver)



Photography by Jon Legge

Mara Ba Performance

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