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TWO BILLION BEATS - livestream

24 February 2022 – 24 February 2022

by SONALI BHATTACHARYYA


ONLINE LIVESTREAM PERFORMANCE
Thursday 24 February at 7.30pm GMT BOOK HERE

Also available on-demand anytime from Tuesday 8 March 2022 at 7.30pm GMT to Friday 11 March 2022 BOOK HERE 

Seventeen-year-old Asha is an empathetic rebel, unafraid of pointing out the hypocrisy around her but less sure how to actually dismantle it. Her younger sister, Bettina, wide-eyed and naïve, is just trying to get through the school day without getting her pocket money nicked. Between essays, homework and bus journeys home the two sisters meet outside the school gates each afternoon, smarting at the injustice of the world around them.

Bouncing with wit, Sonali Bhattacharyya’s mesmerising new play is an insightful, moving and tremendously funny coming-of-age story about the unfairness of growing up in a world where you don’t make the rules. Originally presented as a short play as part of the OT’s Inside/Outside livestreams in 2021.

Sonali Bhattacharyya was 2018 Channel 4 writer in residence at the Orange Tree, where she wrote Chasing Hares, winning the Sonia Friedman Production Award and Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award. Her credits include Megaball (National Theatre Learning), Slummers (Cardboard Citizens/Bunker Theatre), 2066 (Almeida Theatre), The Invisible Boy (Kiln Theatre) and White Open Spaces (Pentabus Theatre – South Bank Show award-nominated).

Directed by Nimmo Ismail, whose work includes Glee & Me by Stuart Slade and The Christmas Star by Russell T Davies (both Royal Exchange Manchester), Fragments by Cordelia Lynn and My England by Somalia Seaton (both at Young Vic), and SNAP by Danusia Samal (The Old Vic).

“In Bhattacharyya’s entertaining play, two teenage sisters negotiate the battlefield of school while learning about the political battlefields of the past.” The Stage on Two Billion Beats as part of Inside/Outside

*You can exchange tickets any time up until 24 hours before a performance for free. In-person tickets apply to price bands A & B and must be purchased together by 7 January 2022. Livestream season ticket must be purchased together by 31 January 2022. The discount applies only to all in-person or all livestream tickets and cannot be mixed.

 

Publicity image by Alex Brenner

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