Umrao – The Noble Courtesan
  • Edinburgh Fringe

Mirza Hadi Ruswa's 1899 classic novel, Umrao Jaan Ada, is brought to life in a new English language adaptation with live music. In 19th-century Lucknow, India, young Amiran (Umrao) is kidnapped and sold to the madame of a courtesan's house who trains her in the traditional high arts of poetry, singing and dance to entertain the men of elite society. Umrao's life as a courtesan becomes one of refined grandeur, but tinged with tragedy and loss. A celebration of a womans artistic talent and resilience. Written by Simon Mundy. Directed by Vasilios Arabos.