Plays written by Dipika Guha
I ENTER THE VALLEY
HERCULINE AND LOLA*
MECHANICS OF LOVE
I Enter the Valley (4W, 2M) Beloved national poet Augusto Reál has not written a scrap for seven years. What’s more, he’s been incredibly happy. Or has he? In the twilight of his life, his once quiet house is flooded with the voices of women who descend upon the valley. They upset him, shatter his peace and in the noise something unspoken begins to stir in them all… I ENTER THE VALLEY is a play about the nature of power, creativity and female friendship inspired by the life of Pablo Neruda.
The Betrothed – (4M, 2W) Simon leaves America for the first time to fly to the Old Country to marry the woman he’s been betrothed to from birth. On arrival he finds that she is ancient. She insists that she IS his betrothed, his only love and that she aged overnight due to the stress of his anticipated arrival. Horrified by her age and her abundant sexual interest in him, he kills her. THE BETROTHED is a comic exploration of gender, sexuality and national identity.
Herculine and Lola** – (5W, 2M) While vacationing in Amsterdam, American teenager Lola begins to hallucinate. A century earlier, frustrated and misunderstood, schoolteacher Herculine Barbin retreats into a solitary white room. HERCULINE and LOLA is a story about two people united by the power of their imagination and by love. It is inspired by the Diary of the first ‘true hermaphrodite’ Herculine Barbin.
Passing – (2M, 3W) On an imagined island, ill-matched, British expats Clara and Sidney live isolated from the indiginous population. That is, until a young girl, bloody and brutalised appears on their property. PASSING is a poetic and impressionistic confrontation with the history of colonialism, chronicling a history that resists erasure.
The Rules — (3W, 1M) Ana has a loving relationship with her childhood friends Julia and Mehr. That is, until a brooding stranger named Valmont with a mysterious resemblance to Colin Firth and a strange addiction problem comes to town. Now Ana must examine the unwritten rules of their friendship and the near invisible laws that govern how the women see themselves. THE RULES is a late coming of age story.
A Brief History Of America – (2W, 1M, one act, Tobacco Factory Scriptspace Winner, UK) Spanning over fifty years, A BRIEF HISTORY follows Sarah from childhood, through the care of an ailing step parent to where she must confront her love for her childhood sweetheart, Roberto. A BRIEF HISTORY of AMERICA is a play about immigration, love, loss and the true meaning of home.
An American Dream – (1W, 2M, ten minute play, Old Vic New Voices, TS Elliot Award) Seb meets the ‘hyacinth girl’, a young mysterious woman in Venice Beach and unbeknownst to her, follows her to London. In London he is persuaded by landlord Fes to do a Dustin Hoffman and dress up like a woman to win her love. AN AMERICAN DREAM is a verse comedy inspired by T.S Eliot’s ‘The Wasteland’.
In The Red, White, And Blue – (2W, ten minute play, Heideman Award Finalist) Charlotte and Sophie Trowbridge have not seen each other in two years. Mother and daughter meet on a cold winter’s night in a glass enclosed restaurant where they fight for the survival for their relationship. IN THE RED, WHITE and BLUE is a ten minute tragi-comedy.