Tue 2 Oct to Wed 3 Oct

Seeta Patel

Not Today’s Yesterday

£17 (£13 concessions)

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‘Who controls the past controls the future.
Who controls the present controls the past’.

George Orwell

Not Today’s Yesterday is an international collaboration between award-winning UK-based Bharatanatyam artist Seeta Patel and Australian choreographer Lina Limosani.

Inspired by the whitewashing of history this powerful one-woman show blends techniques from Bharatanatyam, contemporary dance and theatre to create a poetic narrative that has the beauty and disquiet of a Grimm fairy tale.

Not Today’s Yesterday has won the following awards:
- Winners of the weekly award for Best Dance in the Adelaide Fringe
- Best Dance of Adelaide Fringe 2018
- Peace Foundation Award 2018

★★★★★  “Not Today’s Yesterday is a poised and thoughtful work and a spectacular performance”

Broadway Baby

“An unmissable treat”

British Theatre Guide


Not Today’s Yesterday opens up the debate on some of today’s most relevant issues.
Join us for a post-show panel discussion with special guests. 

Chair: Tanika Gupta MBE
Tanika is an English playwright of Bengali descent. Over the past 20 years Tanika has written over 20 stage plays that have been produced in major theatres across the UK. 
Contributors: Professor Gurminder Bhambra, Alice Proctor
Gurminder K Bhambra is Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies in the Department of International Relations in the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex.
Alice Proctor is an independent tour guide, art historian, and student at UCL.

WED 3 OCT:  
Chair: Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp CBE

Former Chief Executive of The Place, currently director of the Africa Centre, London.
Contributors: Inua Ellams, Tobi Kyeremateng
Inua Ellams is a UK-based poet, playwright and performer. Ellams has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre and the BBC.
Tobi Kyeremateng is a London-based theatre, poetry and festival producer. Tobi is also the founder of the Black Ticket Project which aims to create access to theatres for young Black people in London.


The inspiration stems from our concerns that revisionist and airbrushed histories have become a central issue of tension throughout the world, in particular in Western democracies.

History is being dressed up to make a more readily acceptable narrative for us to consume to the detriment of diverse voices and stories being heard.

Britain and Australia, amongst others, have sordid histories and relationships with indigenous and migrant communities. Skewed histories fuel a distorted sense of nationalism.

This work aims to open up conversation through a clever appropriation of whitewashed histories and give a voice back to lost histories and communities.

Not Today’s Yesterday offers audiences a chance to engage in the most important geo-political conversation of this decade.

In light of Brexit, the election of Trump and rise of alt-right ideologies it is more important now than at any time since the 1960s for the voices and perspectives of a diversity of people to be heard, considered and acknowledged as valid within the pluralistic society we say we want.

- Seeta Patel

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Production Credits 
Concept & Story Seeta Patel & Lina Limosani
Direction & Choreography Lina Limosani
Script Sharmila Chauhan & Seeta Patel
Original Design Dagmara GieysztorReworked by 
Lydia Cawson and Chris Faulds
Performer Seeta Patel
Sound Design Lina Limosani
UK Producer Sarah Shead / Spin Arts

Professor of Postcolonial and (Geography, International Relations, International Development)

Supported by Chats Palace, Arts Council England, Country Arts SA, Arts SA, The Place London, Adelaide Fringe Artists Fund, LWD Dance Hub, British Council, The Bench UK and NA POMORSKIEJ Artist residency.

Times: 7.30pm
Venue: at The Place

This event is part of Autumn 2018