Sonali Bhattacharya’s play will return to the Richmond based theatre from the 20th January until the 4th February.

The Orange Tree Theatre have confirmed the full cast for the return of Sonali Bhattacharya’s Two Billion Beats, back at the theatre for a strictly limited season.

Directed by Nimmo Ismail and Tian Brown- Sampson, the production will star: Shala Nyx (Asha) and Tanvi Virmani (Bettina).  

Seventeen-year-old Asha is an empathetic rebel, inspired by historical revolutionaries and iconoclasts Sylvia Pankhurst and B R Ambedkar. She’s unafraid of pointing out the hypocrisy around her but less sure how to actually dismantle it.

Meanwhile, her younger sister, Bettina, wide-eyed and naïve, is just trying to get through the school day without getting her pocket money nicked. When Bettina turns to her for help, Asha starts to ask what standing up for her political beliefs really looks like.

Sonali Bhattacharyya is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose productions include Megaball (National Theatre Learning), Slummers (Cardboard Citizens/Bunker Theatre), 2066 (Almeida Theatre), The Invisible Boy (Kiln Theatre) and White Open Spaces (Pentabus Theatre). She was the 2018 Channel 4 writer in residence at the OT, where she wrote Chasing Hares, winning the Sonia Friedman Production Award and Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award, produced at the Young Vic in 2022.

The creative team behind the production also includes: Designer Debbie Duru; Lighting Designer Alex Fernandes; Sound Designer Tingying Dong; Associate Sound Designer Anna Short; Movement Director Chi-San Howard and Casting Director Christopher Worrall.

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