Mother Theresa has left the Building

Ludoo Productions brings to you…

‘Mother Theresa has left the Building’
A short sketch about two Brit Pak women in a GP surgery who strike up a conversation quickly realising they have nothing in common, or do they?

Showing at MICA Gallery this Saturday Dec
03 @6.30pm. Please be advised that seats are limited and to guarantee a space, email us at so we can add you to our priority list. Please aim to arrive ten minutes prior to the performance. Looking forward to seeing you folks there!

Many Thanks
Safia @ Ludoo

Meri Neighbour Casting Call


Time : Sunday 11 December ·
5.00pm – 7.30pm
Location: 8 Mount Pleasant Road New Malden KT3 3JZ

Ludoo Productions is excited to present to you our next performance and show to be held late march 2012 ‘Meri Neighbour.’

In anticipation for this, we are holding casting this weekend, organised by Suniya Qureshi and Akbar Merchant.

Please contact us at for further information or to receive a casting pack. For all other details of time slots etc contact Akbar on 0783 1956 695.

Synopsis –
‘Meri Neighbour’ unveils trials and tribulations of the lives of inhabitants of a tight-knit
community of Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus in a West London working class suburb. It is a story involving community humour, circumstantial un-happiness and a scandal centered around two families, the Singhs and the Khans, who are neighbours.

Looking forward to seeing you all audition and take part in our next adventure. We promise to make it fun and exciting for you all!

Safia @ Ludoo

Kanta Bai Salunke – A Tribal Nomad speaks

 Photo by Fatima Najm/Creatives Against Poverty

By Fatima Najm/ Creatives Against Poverty

Kanta Bai Salunke bolts for her ragged tent, sending knives, spades and tools clattering to the ground as she dives for cover. She picks up a faded velvet pouch, rummaging through it, muttering loudly to herself.

Then Kanta pulls out a flat round tin with a smile that stretches wide across her broken teeth. “I cannot come out to greet you naked, can I?” she says, dipping a tentative finger into the tin and smearing red powder across her forehead. “Now I am dressed.”

Kanta turns to a younger woman stirring a few pieces of onion in a pot over a makeshift furnace, and lunges at her, leaving a horizantal red streak across a second forehead. Her daughter in law, who had been sitting on her haunches, loses her balance and rolls backward.

Both women laugh so hard, several children sitting huddled in clothes too large for their bony bodies begin to giggle. Eleven of them call Kanta, a member of the Gheesardee nomadic tribe, their mother.

Kanta says she cannot believe she is now an entrepreneur, making a small profit, taking and repaying loans on time. She is still haunted by the humiliation she suffered at the hands of local loan sharks. “I used to feel very furstrated, I could make axes, hammers, also anything with a sharp blade, but where would I get the money to start? I sell enough to feed the family but then I need raw material.”

Now thanks to an innovative banking system that goes doesn’t demand identity papers from nomadic tribal women, Kanta can apply for loans and focus on meeting the demands of her clientele, and the needs of her children.

Chetna Sinha, founder of the Mann Deshi bank says, “When we first considered giving a nomadic tribal a loan we thought “doob gaya toe doob gaya – if she deafults she defaults– we have to take some risks, this  woman has been a resident of this community for a long time, she doesn’t need papers to prove her identity.”

“She is not formally a citizen of this country – she has no ID – so we got her a ration card by  establishing through witness accounts that she is a long term resident,  now we are trying to get her a voter registration card. She deserves equal access to all services. She deserves a bank account.”

But for Kanta Bai a savings account was not on her reality radar. The only route to funding her work was the local loan sharks who charged her exorbitant interest rates.

“I went to the money lender because banks dont give loans to women who look like me,” she said, tugging at her ash-smeared saree, poking at the holes in the hem. “Bank wants ID, for that, I have to produce birth certificate – I was born on the street in front of everyone and I gave birth to eleven children in front of everyone, and they want proof of my birth.”

The red streak across her forehead is an important sign of her existence, of her place in the world. It announces her status as a married gheesardee tribal woman.

“I am naked without this, I am no one, but when they see me with this big red forehead they know I am a gheesardee,” she says. “They say I dont exist unless I have papers, if I could make them feel the hunger in my childrens belly they would know we exist. You cannot ignore hunger.”

Since 2006, 16,000 women have been trained at the Mann Deshi Business School and over 11,000 new business women have been created.

140, 000 women currently hold savings accounts with Mann Deshi Bank.

Fatima Najm on assignment for Creatives Against Poverty to report on the impact of British Asian Trust projects at Mann Deshi Mahila Bank

The Venus Bushfires (Helen Parker-Jayne Isibor)


Biography – The Venus Bushfires

I love to create things. I love to write songs and create pieces of music and perform them. That’s my favourite thing to do in the world. As early as I can remember I’ve always loved being around music and all things creative.

Growing up in Nigeria we would have ‘Family Sundays’ when we would put on singing and dancing talent shows. There are 7 of us (including my parents) so it always felt like we filled up the living room. I was 7 when we moved to London in 1989 and we carried on this tradition.

The Venus Bushfires is a collective of one and many, of which I am the only constant member. I play the hang (a metallic melodic percussive instrument) as well as various African drums. When I perform live I combine various forms of art and I’ve become known for my impromptu performances in unusual spaces. At times I play on stage with my hang, at times with 20 hang players, at times with an illustrator drawing and at times with a guitarist and full band.

I’m inspired by musicians such as Fela Kuti, Kate Bush, Björk, Sun Ra and Gong to name a few. Musically I love to dance between the tribal and the futuristic. As a child my parents encouraged me to sing Nigerian folk songs and at school my friends encouraged me to sing 80’s style rap and synth pop. Actually, the truth about the latter is I felt I had to because I learnt the hard way that anything else would be social suicide. Nowadays I’m really into writing about love and politics, and those are the main recurring themes of these works.

I’m currently working on my second album and I hope to have completed it by the end of 2011. My first was ‘Foolosophy’, which I released in 2007. I’ve been writing this album for a few years. Initially, I wasn’t sure what I was writing, I just kept writing. I was inspired to write ‘Love Our Lovers’ while on a long walk in Big Sur (California), ‘We Came In Peace…’ on a lazy afternoon in the company of the Nigerian sun, and various others on rowdy evenings with friends (and strangers) in pubs and all sorts of different places with merry people.

For this album I’ve recorded songs with James Lewis (Cajun Dance Party, Arctic Monkeys) and Richard Olatunde Baker (percussion for Tony Allen and Mulatu Astatke), Andrew Theakstone (Get Cape Wear Cape Fly) and I recorded songs for new Play Station 3 game Okabu.

The main thing I wanted to do with the creative process this time was to challenge myself to be more open and honest about my feelings and the things that are important to me and to make time to participate fully in every aspect of my life and with the people in it. I want to exist consciously and fully.

The Venus Bushfires – Free

Behind the scenes film – Making the music for new PlayStation game Okabu


Roselie’s versatile voice has made her a hit on the London live circuit, and her sweet range and tone can melt the most glacial of hearts, making her the sought after vocalist for producers including Yam Who, Clive Thomas and Ruff N Tumble.

Her profile:

Heena Sohelia

Heena Sohelia (Asian princess) who performed in project runway as the lead role, has since been working on TV presenting and commercials for various South Asian channels.

Here is her profile.

Armaan Kirmani

Armaan Kirmani – director for our production Project Runway July 2010. Here is his profile. We had a sold out audience for this two day run show :) Armaan recently opened his own acting school and starred in the movie Patiala House – here is his interview

And short clip from the film: