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The Desi Lockdown

The national lockdown has had a fundamental impact on theatre and arts and culture generally, freelance creatives and the community as a whole. Rifco Theatre Company challenged British South Asian artists to come up with films about how Desis are surviving in lockdown. With a fantastic selection of submissions, Rifco are proud to announce the five successful artists and their films.

Artistic Director Pravesh Kumar says, “In the current situation it feels important that we continue to support artists to create new work and have a voice.  We want to remain connected with our audiences so they can be challenged, questioned and entertained from home.  In creating this new work, we want to celebrate creativity even in the most difficult of times.”

Each film in the Desi Lockdown series explores a different aspect of the lockdown experience through drama, comedy and spoken word. From the experience of isolating with family, to the generational divides and new connections we are forming, individual experience and self-reflection and even the efforts to try and make your own version of mum’s favourite dish!

Rifco’s mission has always been to celebrate the contemporary British South Asian experience and nurture unheard voices and talent. Their programme is designed to address the lack of opportunity and pathways for British South Asian artists. The Desi Lockdown is no different. In these uncertain times, Rifco Digital remains open to support our fellow artists, light up talent on our digital platforms and share current and real stories to ensure that diverse British voices do not remain silent.

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Self-Isolation by Jassa Ahluwalia - The Desi Lockdown Series | Rifco Theatre Company

Self-Isolation by Jassa Ahluwalia - The Desi Lockdown Series | Rifco Theatre Company

Lock Da Down by Jaswinder Billan aka Billanidus - The Desi Lockdown Series | Rifco Theatre Company (with English subtitles)

Lock Da Down by Jaswinder Billan aka Billanidus - The Desi Lockdown Series | Rifco Theatre Company (with English subtitles)

Quarantine with a South Asian family by Nicky Rose Roshini - The Desi Lockdown Series | Rifco Theatre Company (with English subtitles)

Quarantine with a South Asian family by Nicky Rose Roshini - The Desi Lockdown Series | Rifco Theatre Company (with English subtitles)

Through Her Bedroom Door by Radhika Jani - The Desi Lockdown Series | Rifco Theatre Company

Through Her Bedroom Door by Radhika Jani - The Desi Lockdown Series | Rifco Theatre Company

Thanks Mum by Harry Syed - The Desi Lockdown Series | Rifco Theatre Company

Thanks Mum by Harry Syed - The Desi Lockdown Series | Rifco Theatre Company


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