Credit: Munish Sharma and Gavan Cheema in the 2022 production of Himmat at the Cultch; set design by Kimira Reddy, costume design by Elika Mojtabaei, lighting design by Parjad Sharifi, projection design by David Mesiha; photo by S. Race.
A play about courage and the strength of family love
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“A monument to the power of our relationships”—Stir Magazine
By Gavan Cheema
A Theatre Conspiracy Production
Directed by Paneet Singh
Himmat is a story that inspires you to care. This humorous and heartwarming narrative in Punjabi and English delves into the world of a father and daughter born generations and miles apart. It is a gut-wrenchingly honest depiction of a working-class family's struggle with addiction and labour. Set in Surrey Memorial Hospital, and told through flashbacks, Himmat takes audiences on a journey exploring the complexities of family history and immigration. As secrets are revealed, Banth and Ajit unpack their memories, discovering how family dynamics and relationships change over time. Their father-daughter bond is strengthened through moments of joy and struggle throughout the process of repair and recovery. Himmat a story about resilience, redemption, and the strength of family love. Audience advisory: coarse language and mature themes including substance abuse and racism. Minor strobe effects. Recommended age: 12+
- Thursday, April 18 | 7:30pm (Preview)
- Friday, April 19 | 8pm
- Saturday, April 20 | 2pm
- Saturday, April 20 | 8pm
About Theatre Conspiracy
Established in 1995 Theatre Conspiracy provides a platform for artists creating contemporary work for stage and media to investigate new directions in society, politics, and culture that challenge the status quo. Experimenting with documentary, installation, participatory, multi-lingual, mixed-media and dramatic elements, the company furthers theatrical forms to investigate and activate discussion on vital contemporary themes. With nearly thirty works created since their inception, Theatre Conspiracy has received local, national, and international attention for their groundbreaking and innovative work. Currently in production and development are projects Same Difference, Himmat, Alt Suite, Conspiracy Now, Swim, and Dynamics. Notable achievements include: the documentary style play Extraction, which won the Rio Tinto Alcan Award 2013, and Foreign Radical, which was a recipient of the Jessie Award Critic's Choice Innovation Prize in 2015 and was also chosen as one of six national shows for the prestigious inaugural Canada Hub program at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it won a Fringe First Award and was programmed for the Carrefour (Quebec), High Performance Rodeo (Calgary) festivals, as well as a five-city UK tour in 2018. Check out more information about their work here.