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Afrah Shafiq's plays including biography, theatres, agent, synopses, cast sizes, production and published dates
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Lady Fingers & Empire Biscuits
In 1860 the British ruling force in India instated the Indian Penal Code, enforcing a unifying law across the whole country for the first time. Section 377 of the IPC stated that carnal intercourse against the order of nature was illegal. Since then, this law has been used to persecute people who engage in homosexual acts. Previous to British rule in India, there are no records of any person being persecuted for acts of same-sex love. There isn't a word in any Indian language that defines people by their sexuality. In Lady Fingers & Empire Biscuits, Rosana Cade explores this export of British Victorian ideas about sex and how they have permeated through time; the confusion between modern and traditional notions of identity in each country; and the impact of the English language on sexual discourse in India.
devised by Rosana Cade created in collaboration with Afrah Shafiq
Part of GlasGay! Festival
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Gay, full length
Male: 1 Female: 1 Other: -
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