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Santi And Naz (The Thelmas, The Pleasance, in association with Sarah Verghese Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2023

This sweet story explores the burgeoning queer love story between two girls; childhood friends – one Sikh, one Muslim – they grow up in 1940s India, living their lives in the shadow of the looming spectre of partition. Both actors effortlessly inhabit their characters, brimful of joyful exuberance and naive humour. The innocence of their love stands in stark contrast to the coming violence; the resultant dramatic irony creates a sense of doomed melancholy, painfully juxtaposed with their playful love. Script and performances alike are subtle, nuanced, and compelling. The changes in the girls’ identities, and their feelings for one another, unfold slowly, naturally, while the whole world of social and political unrest is evoked through their dialogue and childish games.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andy Leask]