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Author Katherine Boo spent three years living in Annawadi in India, recording the lives of its residents, while conducting research for her uncompromising book that would go on to win the 2012 National Book Award for Non-Fiction. From this book, David Hare brings the masterpiece Behind The Beautiful Forevers to The National Theatre.

Meera Syal stars in this epically tumultuous play, which looks at the lives of people living in a slum beyond Mumbai’s luxury hotels. India may be surging with global ambition, but these people have plans and schemes of their own. Zehrunisa (Syal) and her son recycle garbage to fund a real house, Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds and her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate. When global recession threatens the garbage trade and a neighbour makes an accusation that could shatter and destroy the community, it becomes clear just how fragile these hopes and dreams are.

It’s a play which promises to be beautiful, political and delves into the true culture of India and humanity.

To find out where Behind the Beautiful Forevers is screening, visit the National Theatre website. 

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