Romeo + Laila
Date: November 2006
The Greatest Love Story from East and West
Genre: Dance, Drama, Love Story
There is something missing from Laila Sharwari’s life.
Her family strongly believe that something is a husband and they are bursting with excitement at introducing her to the mayor’s son.
Instead, she meets her childhood sweetheart Romeo, and their love rekindles. Divided by cultural barriers and feuding families, can the star-crossed lovers search for a world where their love will survive?
Romeo and Laila is a fusion of two of the world’s greatest love stories from Eastern and Western literature. Laila-Majnu by Hashmet Shah is one of the most famous love stories of all time and explores the madness of passion, arranged marriages, and how they affect the two lovers. Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare concerns the fate of two very young lovers who would do anything to be together. It is perhaps the most famous of his plays and is thought to be the most famous love story in Western history.
PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
This play is one outcome of a Heritage Lottery Funded project – Young Historians run by Leicester Asian Youth Association (LAYA), to find out about the cultural heritage of South Asia.
LAYA ran a variety of workshops in poetry, calligraphy, dance, cookery, drama and music.
Young Historians has been supported by:
East Midlands Economic Network
Leicester Asian Youth Association
Leicester City Council Musuems Service
Heritage Lottery Fund
Young Historians project team:
Project Manager: Mohammed Nasim
Project Co-ordinator: Fareeda Ijaz
East Midlands Economic Network (EMEN):
Consultant: Bill Law
Consultant: Tim Haq