The Ramayana, Return

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By Amber Lone.

A distinctive modern version of an ancient Indian epic and one of the world's most popular love stories.

Sita has been abducted by a ruthless warlord.

Rama enlists the help of an army of monkeys to get her back but has she betrayed him with the evil ruler of Lanka?

Sita...Manjinder Virk

Rama...Lloyd Thomas

Lakshman...Adeel Aktar

Ravan...Paul Bhattacharjee

Surparnaka...Sasha Behar

Hanuman...Kulvinder Ghir

Sugreeva...Jude Akuwudike

Mandodari...Deeivya Meir

Kush...Omar Kent

Lava...Neil Reynolds

Music composed by Niraj Chag

Directed by Claire Grove

The ancient Indian epic The Ramayana is one of the most popular love stories in the world.

The separation and reunion of two lovers gives it perennial appeal but Rama's growing jealousy and Sita 's metamorphosis into a strong independent woman gives the story a contemporary feel.

"Be as Rama," young Indians have been taught for 2,000 years, "be as Sita." but Rama is an interestingly flawed character, driven by powerful emotions in a world where monkeys can be gods, and gods can be as fallible as humans.

Amber Lone's modern version of this Indian epic is scheduled to coincide with Divali, the festival of Lights, which celebrates Rama and Sita's return to their kingdom.

Outstanding composer Niraj Chag creates original music.

Amber Lone (dramatist) is a bold new British Asian voice.

She has had three acclaimed plays at Birmingham Rep: Paradise (2003), Deadeye(2006) and Four Streets (2009).

She was a regular writer on Silver Street for BBC Asian network

Niraj Chag (composer) wrote outstanding original music for the R4 dramatisation of The Mahabharata.

He wrote a witty score for Rafta Rafta at the National Theatre currently being made into a feature film.

He has written and produced his own albums 'Along the Dusty Road' 2006 and 'Lost Souls' 2009 and composed music for BBC TV documentaries on Turner, Picasso and Bhopal.

Rama attempts to rescue her.