Suchi Chatterjee is a regular contributor to the renowned GSCENE magazine and Brighton & Hove Black History Project. She writes a regular Facebook blog about her wheelchair odyssey’s and in November 2015 the magazine Sussex Life published an article she had written about the grave of Thomas Highflyer, a child slave from the 1860’s who had been lain to rest in a Brighton cemetery.
Since 2007 she has been writing plays including Let Justice be Done (2008) with Maureen Hicks about the Abolition of Slavery, Stand up to Hatred (2009), about bullying and disability during the Holocaust, Love in Progress (2010) a tale of arranged marriage, music, gypsies and getting what you want in life, and If You Go Down to the Woods Tonight (2011), a children’s Halloween radio play.
Suchi worked on the development of a new play Baldev’s War about the Indian Soldiers in England during WW1 with playwright Uschi Gatward in 2013 as part of an Arts Council funded project head up by Writing Our Legacy.
Baldev’s War is a love story with a supernatural touch. A young Indian officer and a Jewish nurse meet in a Brighton military hospital during WW1 and fall in love under the wily but wise eye of a Sikh cook Baldev Singh. In a time of colonial racism, and simmering sexual tension the dark spectre of Ma Kali is never far away and high up on the Sussex Downs the flames of inevitable change are about to be ignited…
Extracts of the script were read by professional actors at Writing Our Legacy event Asian Voices (Crawley, 2013) and Wordfest Festival (Crawley, 2016).
Suchi recently worked with Tanglehead Productions and Spiral Arts as a co-writer on a play about FGM called CUT, which was part of the Brighton Fringe 2016.
- Location: Brighton