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The Captive Queen

'The music I have created for The Captive Queen is influenced heavily by the sounds of Mughal India. In particular Sufism has been an important inspiration and many of the time cycles and scales I have gone with come from this ancient devotional form.

To contrast with this, some of the other sounds are more militant. The ideas of war and industry feature heavily in the play and the score reflects this with militant percussion, mechanical like repetition and rhythmic syncopation.'

Niraj Chag, Composer

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Friday 2 February – Sunday 4 March 2018

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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Writer
John Dryden

Director
Barrie Rutter

Designer
Jessica Worrall

Composer
Niraj Chag

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Silas Carson
Arimant

Karan Gill
Asaph

Angela Griffin
Nourmahal

Naeem Hayat 
Aurangzeb

Safiyya Ingar
Abas/Ambassador

Neerja Naik
Indamora

Dharmesh Patel
Morat

Sarah Quist
Zayda

Selva Rasalingam
Solyman

Sarah Ridgeway
Melesinda

Barrie Rutter
The Emperor 

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A Shakespeare’s Globe and Northern Broadsides co-production

Northern Broadsides

‘....she shall know this hour,
What is a husband’s and a monarch  s powr 

Synopsis


An ageing Emperor and his Governor rage at the loss of their youth and beauty. Two fratricidal sons are spurred from victory in war to the warfare of love. And all four are besotted with the same Captive Queen.

Background


This timely story of passion, politics and patriarchy is a reimagining of John Dryden’s Restoration drama, Aureng-zebe (1675). The Captive Queen is set in the late 20th century during the last days of the great woollen mills of the north of England, but retains a flavour of Dryden’s original Mughal Indian setting. The original score by Niraj Chag re-creates the rhythms of war, of workmanship, and of India, providing the backdrop for the regular beat of Dryden’s rhyming couplets, which echo the relentless whirring of the machines.

Barrie Rutter, Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides, assembles a cast of actors in this wry exploration of the folly of old age, the allure of power, and the bewildering effects of lust and desire.

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