Casting announced for Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree

August 24, 2018

We’re thrilled to announce casting for our upcoming co-production with Tara Arts

Meet the actors and creatives that will bring the first-ever stage adaptation of The Panchatantra in the UK brought vibrantly to life with masks, movement and music!


Medhavi Patel plays Yasmin (Leopard story). Her theatre credits include Women of the Mahabharata, Food for Thought (Tara Arts), We Are The Lions Mr Manager, Tales of Birbal (UK tour), Trident Moon (Finborough Theatre) and Fragile Land (Hampstead Theatre); and for film, Kidulthood.

Raj Swamy plays Mahendra (Mongoose story) in his professional stage debut.

Rose-Marie Christian plays Jayaben (Crow story). Her theatre credits include Does My Bomb Look Big In This (Bush Theatre), Little Revolution (Almeida Theatre), Home Theatre, Speak (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Tales from the Arabian Nights (London tour), Boy, The Bees and the Blizzard, Nana’s Jumble (Kazzum), and Bussin It and Suffocation (Oval House); and for film, Still Life.


Shamser Sinha is a playwright and academic. His writing credits include Khadija Is 18 (Finborough Theatre / winner of Pearson Playwright Award) and The Dissidents (formerly Tricycle Theatre, now Kiln Theatre). Short plays include, Like a Prayer (Rose Bruford/Bush Theatre) and Bredders (Rich Mix). He’s currently writing; ‘Ujamaa‘ a play with music, funded through an Arts Council award and supported by Eclipse Theatre and National Theatre Studio; One Day We Bought a White Skoda Octavia with Eastern Angles also supported by the Arts Council ; and Abebe’s Rocket with Farnham Maltings/House. Additionally, he’s working with Pentabus Theatre on a new play. His book written with Les Back – Migrant City was published in July this year.

Jatinder Verma directs. Artistic Director of Tara Arts, Verma has developed a unique cross-cultural theatre style – Binglish – where Asian theatre sensibilities meet European drama. Having led the company since its inception in 1977, Verma has overseen the development of Tara’s new Theatre in Earlsfield, South London, as an award-winning architectural fusion of East and West. Verma was awarded an MBE for services to diversity in the arts in 2017. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the universities of York, Essex and De Montfort, Leicester as well as a Research Fellowship from Rose Bruford College and Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree runs 28 Sep – 21 Oct on our Main Stage at Polka. 

Recommended for Ages 7+