Winner of the 2018 Theatre 503 International Playwrighting Award, Danusia Samal’s debut play offers an interesting take on modern day Asian identity. Zara is caught between two worlds: the world of her friends who are party loving millennials like her and her parents’ world where, when she returns to the family home, she is expected to be a dutiful daughter and marry a man of whom her family approves. But what happens when Zara gets tired of living a lie and wants to really be herself? But maybe she has to discover who she really is first. Tanuja Amarasuriya directs a play that tells a distinctively different story.
The good Muslim daughter, all set to marry the man her family approve of and a free-spirited British millennial, who parties as hard as she works. Over one dramatic weekend, the lies she’s been telling to keep these two worlds apart begin to unravel and she is forced to confront her real identity. Out of Sorts was the winner of the International Playwriting Award 2018, selected out of 2,055 scripts sent in from 49 countries. After several rounds of reading Danusia’s play was chosen by an industry panel chaired by 503’s Chair and Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Erica Whyman. The panel included journalist Lyn Gardner; Audible’s Commissioning Producer for Theatre Abigail Gonda; playwrights Stephen Beresford, Alice Birch, Chinonyerem Odimba and Roy Williams.