Emerging playwright Lakshnie Hettihewa-Young is set to lead Coventry’s first ever Chai and Chat session when South Asian arts organisation Sampad bring their popular discussion programme to the Belgrade Theatre next month.
Taking place at 3pm on Saturday 9 November, the free afternoon event offers an opportunity to network with likeminded creatives, while learning more about Lakshnie’s career so far and her experience of breaking into the theatre industry.
After starting her creative journey as part of Kali Theatre’s Discovery Programme in 2018, the writer, podcaster and BACP registered psychotherapist went on to present her first play, Amma’s Girls, at Birmingham REP earlier this year. A second piece, The Long Way Home, was also recently selected for Tamasha Theatre’s Over To You, a scratch night showcasing bold new writing.
Set up to help unite and shine a light on the work of British South Asian women working in the West Midlands, Sampad’s Chai and Chat events focus on informal yet inspiring conversation with creatives, all served up with a hot cup of chai.
Previous events have taken place in venues across Birmingham and Wolverhampton, and it’s hoped that this will be the first of many to take place in Coventry.
Chai and Chat featuring Lakshnie Hettihewa-Young takes place at 3pm on Saturday 9 November. Tickets are free but place are limited, so advance booking is recommended.